Crews work through night but flood threat remains in western Manitoba

Watch above: Cold weather in southwest Manitoba may be the only thing keeping a barrier from crumbling and unleashing floodwaters on nearby communities. Lauren McNabb reports.

NEAR WAYWAYSEECAPPO, Man. – Crews working overnight have lowered the water that could surge into several western Manitoba communities, but it’s still high and the threat of flooding remains.

A tributary of Birdtail Creek reached dangerously high levels behind an old railway embankment after a culvert under the embankment froze solid during an unusually cold winter.

Water gushed from a cut about a metre wide into the creek below on Tuesday morning and the level of the water was brought down several inches, said Ron Richardson, director of water operations for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.

“The goal is to reduce the pressure on the embankment,” he said.

The water on the other side of the embankment was at least 30 metres deep Monday in a kilometre-long lake that didn’t exist before the culvert froze. The embankment has softened and begun to crumble from the weight of the water, but frost in the ground has so far helped keep it from giving way, Richardson said.

The cut should lower the water approximately a metre and pumps are being brought in to …read more

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Crews work through night but flood threat remains in western Manitoba