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Permanent flood protection coming to seven Man. communities

In this file photo, clean-up crews work to restore Victoria Park in Souris, including a bridge over Plum Creek.The park was heavily damaged in 2011's flood.

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In this file photo, clean-up crews work to restore Victoria Park in Souris, including a bridge over Plum Creek.The park was heavily damaged in 2011's flood.

Seven Manitoba communities in frequent danger of flooding won’t have to worry about getting washed away much longer.

Permanent flood-protection infrastructure is coming to Souris, Melita, Duck Bay, Waterhen, St. Clements, East St. Paul and West St. Paul, thanks to a $13.5-million cash injection from the provincial and federal governments, the province announced today.

The construction project will include upgrading and replacing temporary dikes with permanent ones.

 The money was made available through cost savings from the Red River Floodway Expansion Project and the seven communities are also chipping in an extra $1.35 million for more infrastructure.

"This work builds on the valiant efforts that were made in response to the disastrous flooding of 2011 in these seven communities, by making the existing temporary diking permanent," said James Bezan, the MP for Selkirk-Interlake. 

"This flood mitigation project will enhance the safety and quality of life of local residents, especially during flooding season in Manitoba."

 

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