Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre made the announcement Thursday the use of the Portage Diversion will be discontinued at this time as water levels continue to recede.
The Red River Floodway continues to operate to lower water levels in Winnipeg and operation is expected to end tomorrow as flows on the Red River continue to decrease.
Preliminary results from this week’s winter storm indicate 15 to 35 centimetres (cm) of snow has fallen in much of southern Manitoba, and the Interlake and Parklands regions, with some localized areas receiving up to 40 to 50 cm. A further five to 15 cm of snow is expected in southern and central Manitoba before noon Friday. Temperatures are forecast to remain near freezing until April 21 in most locations, which will delay melting and runoff until that time.
Flood forecasters will continue to monitor precipitation and collect data about snowfall amounts and will release an updated river forecast next week.
The province will continue to issue regular updates, as information is available.
The most recent river forecast information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/index.html.
No additional road closures are expected due to high waters. For current highway conditions and road closures, call 511 or visit www.manitoba511.ca/en/.