Friday, April 15, 2011

Historic flooding strikes Canada

Disaster News Network: Canadian officials say this year's spring flooding in Manitoba has covered more land than any other year, with the peak high water still weeks away.

Provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Steve Ashton told reporters in Winnipeg this year's annual flood is "unprecedented on a geographic scale,'' and is affecting most of Manitoba's 197 municipalities, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. "I want to stress this is a very serious flood,'' he said.

While dense snow is melting, more is falling in places and rain is also contributing to the flooding. Large dams of broken ice are also part of the problem and the province has several machines working at breaking up ice dams to allow water to flow, the Winnipeg Sun said.

Hydrologists predicted the Red River around Winnipeg will crest as high as 22.8 feet between April 30 and May 4, the Sun said...

From April 2010, a picture showing the Forks dock in Winnipeg, Manitoba flooded by the Assiniboine River. Shot by , Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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