Red River flood could be worst since 1997, forecasters say

The Red River’s spring flood is now expected to approach the volume of the 2009 flood, which was the highest since the 1997 flood this century, according to provincial hydrologists.

Provincial hydrologist Fisaha Unduche predicts the Red River will crest around May 10 at a slightly lower volume than the 2009 flood, which closed Highway 75 for weeks and required the evacuation of some rural properties.

Under favorable conditions, the crest this spring will be somewhere between the flood volume of 2011 and 2009. In the worst case, the flood could be even higher than in 2009.

Four major precipitation systems passed through the province in April and forecasters are watching for another major system to hit the region this weekend, bringing 30 to 80 millimeters of rain to southern Manitoba.