Ice jams – flooding: Red River threat in Manitoba

Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota Flooding and Evacuations

Manitoba – Winnipeg Update: [source yahoo! canada news CP]

The real threat at the moment is coming from ice jams along the river, which have already caused overland flooding north of Winnipeg, he added. “We feel we can handle all the water. It’s the ice that may jam and cause localized flooding that challenged us in the last 48 hours and challenges us for the operation of the floodway.” The province won’t activate the floodway to divert water away from Winnipeg until the ice has cleared, he said. Sandbagging continued Friday to guard against the early stages of any flooding.

Evacuation alerts were still in effect for 850 people from the Roseau River First Nation and Riverside near the U.S. border. About 95 elders and those with chronic conditions were taken by charter buses to Winnipeg from Roseau River on Thursday as a precaution.

Meanwhile, authorities were keeping an eye on the ice jams north of Winnipeg. A blockage near the community of Lockport, Man., led to the evacuation of 40 homes earlier in the week. It broke up, but re-formed down the river. Emergency measures co-ordinator Paul Guyader said firefighters began checking water levels at first light Friday. Sandbagging efforts were focused in areas north of the blocked ice to prevent more homes from flooding, he said.

North Dakota, Minnesota Update: [source cbc.ca]

Ahead of potentially disastrous flooding from the rising Red River, officials in Minnesota asked thousands of households in a city bordering the river to evacuate Friday. About one-third of the households in Moorhead — 2,660 in all — are affected, said city spokeswoman Becky Jahnke. The move follows the mandatory evacuation of more than 190 homes, nursing homes, hospitals and a county jail in North Dakota as the swollen Red River broke a 112-year-old flood level record on Friday.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama has dispatched the acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the region.

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