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Feds, province divert $38M to flood protection in 8 communities

Premier Greg Selinger (far left), with MP Shelly Glover (left) tours the inside of the Red River Floodway facilities Tuesday.

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Premier Greg Selinger (far left), with MP Shelly Glover (left) tours the inside of the Red River Floodway facilities Tuesday.

Ottawa and Broadway say they have reallocated $38 million from the Red River Floodway expansion toward flood protection in other parts of Manitoba.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and senior Manitoba MP Shelly Glover announced Tuesday that $27 million will be spent to bolster flood protection in Brandon and $14.9 million will help convert temporary flood-protection measures into permanent flood mitigation in seven other Manitoba communities.

In Brandon, that amounts to $5 million in new funding to top up $22 million in existing commitments.

The other communities to receive cash to create permanent flood protection are Souris, Melita, Waterhen, East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Duck Bay and St. Clements.

Ottawa signalled earlier this year it intends to spend $200 million on flood-mitigation projects across the country.

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