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Flood update expected tomorrow

Manitoba Infrastructure crews work to top up the super-sandbag dike along 18th Street during the 2011 flood.

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Manitoba Infrastructure crews work to top up the super-sandbag dike along 18th Street during the 2011 flood.

Prolonged cold weather and a lot of snow this spring will likely worsen the flooding situation when warm weather finally hits and all that snow begins to melt.

Following a dire prediction by the U.S. National Weather Service for Red River flooding in Fargo and Grand Forks, the provincial government will be releasing it's latest outlook tomorrow.

The outlook should include information about any expected Assiniboine River or Souris River flooding as well as what Manitoba can expect from Red River flooding.

Moisture conditions in parts of southern Saskatchewan, those which drain in into the Assiniboine and Souris Rivers, could worsen flooding. That province said earlier this month that in the areas where there is well-above-normal snowpack, overbank flooding can be expected. Unfavorable weather conditions between now and the start of the spring runoff, such as well above normal precipitation and/or a rapid melt, will increase the risk of flooding, Saskatchewan forecasters have said.

In advance of possible flooding along the Assiniboine River, the province has reinforced areas of the Portage Diversion, which siphons excess water from the river into Lake Manitoba. The province confirmed last week that super sandbags are once again being considered for the flood fight in Brandon.

The latest update should be released at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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