While spring is a little ways away, Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced the risk of significant spring flooding remains low.
In a news release, Schuler says the government will be prepared to act if a fast snowmelt or heavy spring rainfall occurs, but for now, they are “cautiously optimistic” about what’s ahead this spring.
The province’s intentory consists of various types of sand bags: over 2-million regular sandbags, 18-thousand super sandbags and 6 sandbag-making machines.
For barriers, Manitoba has 43 kilometres of cage barriers into which sand or other heavy material is place and 50 kilometres of water-filled barriers.
And last, but not least, 59 mobile pumps and heavy-duty steamers, to open clogged drains, are at the province’s disposal.
The province will conduct ice thickness measurements in the coming months, and ice-cutting and ice-breaking programs in areas most prone to ice jamming.
The first flood outlook report will be released in late-February.