There is a significant risk of flooding in southern Manitoba this spring, although the rising water may only cover some farmland and spare major roads and communities, the provincial government said Monday.
The Manitoba government was not justified in an initial attempt to buy $5 million in flood-fighting equipment from a specific contractor and avoid allowing other companies to bid, the province's ombudsman said Thursday.
Spring may seem like a long way away in frigid Manitoba, but ice-breakers are heading out on the Red River in preparation for potential flooding. The Amphibex machines break up about 30 kilometres of ice down the centre of the river before the thaw.
With the flood threat dropping across much of southern Manitoba Friday, the military began to pull out of the region and government officials started tallying up the damage from a week of surging water.