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Missing Portage Girl

By: plapman, 12:47 PM GMT on April 30, 2009

Today will see rain ending early this afternoon then sunny with cloudy periods. Another 5 mm(0.2 in) is expected this morning. Thw wind will be from the north at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). A high of 8C(46F) is forecast.
Tonight will start with cloudy periods then becoming cloudy this evening. The northerly wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light this evening. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is forecast.
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I saw a couple of tractors and cultivators working in the fields yesterday. Spring must have arrived on the prairie.
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12 Year-Old Portage Girl Goes Missing


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Portage la Prairie RCMP are seeking the publics assistance to help find twelve year-old Jaylynn McIvor of Portage.
McIvor, who is a child in care, was last seen on April 25, 2009. That evening she was seen at a residence on the 800 block of Boyd ave in Winnipeg, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Jaylynn McIvor is 12 years old, aboriginal, 5'6'' in height at around 150 lbs. She has brown eyes and black hair. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact Portage la Prairie RCMP at 1-204-857-4445.

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Updated: 8:14 PM GMT on April 30, 2009

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Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:45 PM GMT on April 29, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. The wind will become easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 9C(48F) is expected.
Tonight will bring rain amounting to 10 to 15 mm(0.4 to 0.6 in). The easterly flow at 20 km/h (12 mph) will swing to the north at 20 km/h (12 mph) near midnight. An overnight low of 4C(39F) is forecast.

Updated: 12:46 PM GMT on April 30, 2009

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Near Normal on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on April 28, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness this morning. The wind will be becoming southeast 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will start cloudy then clearing overnight. The southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light this evening. An overnight low of 1C(34F) is expected.
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I got the lawns raked yesterday, I cheated and used a rake on the mower. It does a great job if your caarefull. If not it will take the grass out and leave a bare patch.
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Updated: 12:45 PM GMT on April 29, 2009

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Sunny and Near Normal on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on April 27, 2009

Todaywill be sunny with cloudy periods as the wind becomes northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will be clear with a low near -3C(26F).
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The Terriers lost the Anavet Cup last night. After having a 4-1 lead at the end of the third period they lost 5-4 in overtime. Humbolt goes on to the Royal Bank Cup held in Victoria BC.
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Updated: 12:27 PM GMT on April 28, 2009

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Showers and Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:35 PM GMT on April 26, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. A high of 12C(54F) is expected.
Tonight will see periods of rain and an overnight low of 1C(34F).
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The Terriers lost game 6 of the Anavet Cup series last night. It was a close game with Humbolt winning 3-2 in overtime. The last game of the series is tonight.
Abby got a bunny chase in yesterday. She never even came close as the big jackrabbit outran her with ease.
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Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on April 27, 2009

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Warmer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:07 PM GMT on April 25, 2009

Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then clearing this afternoon. As it clears the wind currently from the west at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light. An high of 11C(52F) is forecast.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low at the freezing mark 0C(32F).
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Abby anf me have been taking a new route on out walks the last couple of days. There's less mud but also fewer gophers. She doesn't seem to mind that much but the Queen of the Prairie is happier.

Updated: 1:34 PM GMT on April 26, 2009

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Cool on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:00 PM GMT on April 24, 2009

Today will start sunny with cloudy periods then becoming cloudy with sunny periods this morning. There will be clearing late this afternoon. The wind from the northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light this morning. A high of 5C(41F) is expected.
Tonight will be clear as the wind becomes southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. An overnight low of -4C(24F) is forecast.
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The local Junior hockey team is playing for the Anavet Cup. The opposing team is from Humbolt Sask. The local tean is up 3-2 in the series but took a real drumming last night with a 12-2 loss. They have home ice advantage for the remaining games. The winner of the series plays for the RBC Cup which is the national Junior A hockey title.
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Updated: 2:08 PM GMT on April 25, 2009

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Clouds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on April 23, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness along with a 30% chance of showers. The wind will become northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 12C(54F) is forecast.
Tonight will start cloudy with the 30% chance of showers continuing this evening then cloudy periods. The northerly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light this evening. An overnight low of 0C(32F) is predicted.
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Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on April 24, 2009

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Near Normal Temps on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on April 22, 2009

Today will bring increasing cloudiness early this morning as the wind becomes southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. A high of 13C(55F) is expected.
Tonight will see a few clouds and increasing cloudiness overnight. The wind will be from the south at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). An overnight low of 6C(43F) is forecast.
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Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on April 23, 2009

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Sunny and Mild on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on April 21, 2009

Today will be sunny.with thw wind becoming northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. A high of 14C(57F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear as the northerly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) becomes light this evening. An overnight low of -4C(24F) is expected.
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Me and Abby got out for our walk yesterday. No meat on the table to report. She was doing really well keeping clean till she wandered into a ditch for a drink. She went into the water to her belly and came out soaked. it always amazes me the immune system of dogs. They can drink from ditch water and road puddles with no harmfull effects.
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Updated: 1:36 PM GMT on April 22, 2009

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Still Cool on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:28 PM GMT on April 20, 2009

Today will see the drizzle or flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud but there's still a 30%of rain showers late this afternoon.The wind becoming north 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 9C(48F) is expected.
Tonight will start clear then increasing cloudiness overnight. The north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this evening. An overnight low of 3C(37F) is forecast.
The weather people have changes the mid 20's for this week to low teens. I guess it was just to give the prairie people hope and keep the here during the weekend.
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I never took Abby out on her walk yesteday. There was drizzle and flurries all day. The flurries melted as it hitthe ground but she would have been a muddy mess when she came home. You could tell she waiting to go all afternoon but I kept ignoring her.
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Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on April 21, 2009

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More Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:57 PM GMT on April 19, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. The wind will be from the southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light this afternoon. A high of 7C(45F) is expected.
Tonight will stat cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this evening then cloudy periods. The wind will swing to the north at 20 km/h (12 mph) but becoming light this evening. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is forecast.
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Abby scored number 7 yesterday on out walk. She spends the whle time she's free knocking on gopher doors.
The long range forecast is giving low to mid 20's near the middle of the week. Thats a good sign for the prairie.
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Updated: 12:27 PM GMT on April 20, 2009

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Clouds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:07 PM GMT on April 18, 2009

Today will start cloudy then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. A high of 6C(43F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring cloudy periods then becoming cloudy near midnight. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is expected.
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Updated: 1:57 PM GMT on April 19, 2009

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Cloudy and Damp on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of drizzle this morning. The wind will become northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 7C(45F) is expected.
Tonight will remain cloudy as the wind becomed light this evening. An overnight low of -1C(30F) is forecast.
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Updated: 2:07 PM GMT on April 18, 2009

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Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on April 16, 2009

Today will start with a few showers ending early this afternoon then cloudy with 30% chance of showers. The wind will be from the south at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 16C(61F) is expected.
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 30% chance of showers continuing. The wind will become light this evening. An overnight low of 6C(43F) is forecast.
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The warm windy weather has done a lot to dry the prairie. I guess the forecasted rain will dampen things again but clean up some of the mess left by winters snow.
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Updated: 12:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2009

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Another Nice Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on April 15, 2009

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with the wind becoming at south 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 17C(63F) is forecast.
Tonight will start with cloudy periods then becoming clear early this evening but increasing cloudiness overnight as thw wind becomes light this evening. An overnight low of 4C(39F) is expected.
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Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on April 16, 2009

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Ice Causing Problems on Prairie Rivers

By: plapman, 12:23 PM GMT on April 14, 2009

Today will see fog dissipating this morning then sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will be southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 17C(63F) is forecast.
Tonight will see a few clouds as the southerly flow at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light this evening. An overnight low of 5C(41F) is expected.
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I made a call at he Portage Diversion Control Sructure yesterday. They were have problems withh ice jamming the diversion gates but it wasn't serious. The major flow of river ice was expected yesterday but I hacen't heard if it came through. Once the ice passes the diversion will keep the Assiniboine river at an acceptable level as water head for Lake Manitoba.
Cottages and homes south of Selkirk were devastated by ice and high water. Many ere rammed by large blocks of ice.
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Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on April 15, 2009

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Damp on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:50 PM GMT on April 13, 2009

Today will bring showers or drizzle ending this afternoon then cloudy. A high of 11C(52F) is forecast.
Tonight will see cloudy periods with an overnight low of 3C(37F).
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The rain yesterday sure shrunk the remaining snow.
The web cam shows mostly grren on my lawn. When it dries it will time to rake the winter accumulation of mire from it.
I got called into work this morning, I guess I should head out there and get a few pictures of the river.
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Updated: 12:23 PM GMT on April 14, 2009

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Clouds and Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:45 PM GMT on April 12, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers this morning. It will begin to rain early this afternoon with 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in) expected. The winds will be southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The expected high is 8C(46F).
Tonight will bring an end to the rain but clouds will linger as the southerly flow becomes light. A overnight low of 4C(39F) is forecast.
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Abby continues her gopher hunt on our walks. She sure is picking up a lot of mud from the wet fields. When they dry up it will be time to get her bathed.
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Updated: 1:48 PM GMT on April 13, 2009

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A Warm Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:15 PM GMT on April 11, 2009

Today will bring a few clouds with a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The wind will be from the southeast 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 9C(48F) is forecast.
Tonight will see increasing cloudiness as the southeasterly flow at 30 km/h (19 mph) continues. An overnight low of 0C(32F) is predicted.
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Abby broke last years gopher count yesterday. She nailed another varmint making this years count 6. I'm sure when the young ones start to venture out she'll nab a few of those.
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Updated: 12:45 PM GMT on April 12, 2009

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Updated Flood Report for the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:02 PM GMT on April 10, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 5C(41F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -7C(19F).
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An Updated Flood Report
Red River Floodway
· Due to unprecedented ice conditions, the floodway gates were raised again today to stabilize river levels in Winnipeg to 6.1 metres (20 feet) at James Avenue. This operation is necessary to address the reduced effectiveness of floodway operations because of ice at the floodway inlet and in the floodway channel.
· The extremely unusual combination of high flows with persistent ice cover and ice jams is raising river levels within Winnipeg higher than previously forecast, especially in the southern portion of the city.
· This operation follows the floodway operating rules and is not expected to raise river levels south of the floodway above natural levels. The floodway operation combined with increased flows from the south will raise levels south of the floodway to about 232.3 m (762 ft.) within the next 24 hours, which is still below the predicted crest of 232.9 to 233.2 m (764 to 765 ft.) on April 15 to 16.
· A substantial ice run into the floodway channel, which could take place at any time, may further reduce the effectiveness of floodway operations and create emergency conditions in vulnerable areas of Winnipeg. There remains a significant risk of a serious ice jam in the city that could increase river levels by up to 0.9 m (three ft.) in three or four hours. Properties in the city have been protected to 7.16 m (23.5 ft.), the James Avenue equivalent, in most areas and 7.47 m (24.5 ft.) in the southern part of the city. Without the operation of the floodway, it is possible an ice jam could overtop dikes outside of the city’s primary diking system
· If an emergency occurs, consideration will be given to vary the floodway operating rules in accordance with the floodway’s Environment Act licence to further raise the floodway gates to avoid imminent flooding in Winnipeg. Operation under such circumstances would not cause river levels south of the floodway to exceed the previously forecasted peak, but levels in this area would rise more quickly than previously expected. Properties directly south of the floodway are well-protected to 1997 levels plus 0.6 m (two ft.). The predicted water levels are below these protection measures, although some land and roads in the area will flood.
· Residents living south of the floodway should move any vehicles or other items that may be affected by flood waters to higher ground and finalize the closing of their private ring dikes.
· There are eight track excavators with long-reach back hoes and two Cat machines to tackle and remove the ice between the floodway inlet and St. Mary’s Road Bridge over the floodway. A crane and ball will also be put on standby on the St. Mary’s Bridge.
Flood Forecast
· Showers are expected on Easter Sunday and Monday. Fast melting is expected this weekend. Snow and ice on fields in the Red River Valley should be melted this weekend and most of the snow in western Manitoba should also be melted by Monday.
· The forecast for the Red River in Winnipeg has been raised 0.5 m (1.5 ft.) because river ice in the Winnipeg area may not move until tomorrow afternoon. The predicted crest for the floodway inlet remains the same but the forecast for north of the floodway has been raised by 0.6 to 0.9 m (two to three ft.) based on ice in the St. Norbert area not moving until late tomorrow. Forecasts have been adjusted slightly from Letellier to St. Adolphe based on the latest trends.
· Overland flooding is expected to develop in many portions of the Red River Valley, especially in areas from the Red River east to the Ontario boundary, beginning on the Easter weekend and continuing next week. Flooding will subside by late next week after drainage systems are cleared of ice. Flooding could continue longer if significant rainfall develops.
· Levels on the Roseau River in the Stuartburn area were near bank-full yesterday morning but have since declined because ice is moving out. Near bank-full levels area expected on the Seine River near Dufresne and Lorette this weekend before the channel ice moves out.
· The provincial government has taken action to minimize overland flooding as much as possible by steaming frozen culverts and opening blockages in the drains wherever possible.
· Further details are provided below and specific forecasted crest stages are shown on the daily flood sheets issued by Manitoba Water Stewardship at:
www.gov.mb.ca/waterstewardship/floodinfo/floodsheet.html.

Emerson to the Floodway Inlet
· Crests in this portion will be a little higher than those of 2006 and somewhat lower than those of 1979. Ice remains in many areas from Morris to the St. Adolphe area but is expected to clear out by late today.
· The crest is at Emerson today and is expected at Morris on Sunday and at the floodway inlet next Wednesday.
· Levels rose 6.1 centimetres (2.4 inches) at Emerson and 0.4 m (1.3 ft.) at Morris during the 24-hour period ending this morning. The level at the floodway inlet this morning was 231 m (758 ft.), a rise of 0.8 m (2.5 ft.) from yesterday morning. A portion of this rise is due to operation of the flood control structure.
· As of this morning, the Red River had risen 11 m (36.2 ft.) at Emerson and 9 m (29.7 ft.) at Morris so far this spring.

Floodway Inlet
· Ice is flowing into the floodway channel and is lodging against the St. Mary’s Road bridge. The ice is reducing the capacity of the floodway and is causing higher levels in the area of the inlet. However, the crest forecast upstream of the control structure remains at 232.9 to 233.2 m (764 to 765 ft.). The predicted crest in the St. Norbert area has been raised by 0.9 m (three ft.) to as high as 231 m (759 ft.) due to the expected persistence of ice in the area.
· The flow into the Red River Floodway was measured at 9,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) this morning of a total 55,300 cfs upstream of the floodway inlet.

City of Winnipeg
· The river level in downtown Winnipeg rose 0.3 m (one ft.) to near 5.8 m (19 ft.) during the 24-hour period ending this morning. The rise in the level is expected to be controlled to near 6.1 m (20 ft.) due to floodway operation. However, with persistence of ice in the floodway channel and in the city until noon tomorrow, it is possible the level in downtown Winnipeg could reach 6.6 m (21.5 ft.). This would be equivalent to about 7 m (23 ft.) in southern portions of the city due to the backwater effect of the unusual combination of ice with high flows. These peak stages include 0.5 m (1.5 ft.) for minor ice jamming which is not uncommon. Properties in the city have been protected to 7.2 m (23.5 ft.), James Avenue equivalent, in most areas and 7.5 m (24.5 ft.) in the south part of the city.
· The first crest in Winnipeg is expected to occur tomorrow, but could occur somewhat later depending on when the ice moves.
· A second crest, resulting from the flow crest coming from Emerson, is expected around April 16 and will be only about 5.5 m (18 ft.). The second crest is lower since ice will be gone and the Red River Floodway will be in full operation. The second crest will be about 2.1 m (7 ft.) lower than it would be without the floodway and other provincial flood control works.

Lockport to Breezy Point
· Ice has begun to move in some areas near Selkirk but an ice jam remains south of Selkirk. Crests in this portion of the river will depend on the occurrence and severity of ice jams which are unpredictable. Ice is expected to begin actively moving over the next few days. Ice-cutting and breaking activities have reduced the risk of serious ice jams developing and therefore it is unlikely the extreme levels of 2007 and 1996 will be repeated. The Red River rose 0.3 m (one ft.) at Selkirk during the 24-hour period ending this morning.
· The river level at Lockport declined a further 15.25 cm (half a foot) since yesterday as the ice jam south of Selkirk subsided.

Assiniboine River
· Minor flooding is expected along the Assiniboine River from St. Lazare to Grand Valley next week. Moderate to high flows are expected in the Portage la Prairie area late in April due to high flows from the Souris River.
· Some flooding is expected on Assiniboine tributaries from Brandon to Birtle next week. Run-off in this area was not completed due to cold weather following a heavy March 22 rainstorm.
· The flow on the Assiniboine River at Portage la Prairie was 5,550 cfs this morning, of which 3,780 cfs was diverted into Lake Manitoba. The flow in the river downstream of the Portage Diversion was 1,770 cfs this morning and will be maintained near 1,500 cfs to minimize flows toward Winnipeg.
· The outflow from Shellmouth Reservoir remains at 200 cfs. The water level of Shellmouth Reservoir has risen little so far this spring and with a slow melt reducing run-off, the outflow may be reduced to 50 cfs next Monday.

Souris River
· The Souris River has risen 15.25 cm (half a foot) at Coulter since yesterday. Over-bank flows have developed in the Coulter area and will develop in areas further north by late next week. A crest of about 0.3 m (one ft.) lower than that of 1999 is still expected several weeks from now.

Other Rivers
· Minor flooding is still anticipated in the Interlake region next week following snowmelt. The flooding will be similar in magnitude to that of 2007. Some diking is underway at the Peguis First Nation and the community of Fisher River, where ice often causes water to back up and flood low‑lying properties.
· Levels of the Pembina River remain relatively low but will increase next week following the significant snowmelt expected this weekend. Flooding of the Pembina Valley from Rock Lake to La Rivière is anticipated but levels should be lower that those of 2006. No difficulties are expected in the Gretna area. Rock Lake is expected to rise to near 407.5 m (1,337 ft.) this spring.
· The flood potential for the Westlake area is quite low. Minor localized flooding may occur late next week.
· The flood potential remains low from Swan River to The Pas.

Flood Response
· Sand bags and tube dikes have been deployed at approximately 16 properties along St. Peters Road North in the RM of St. Clements to protect against rises caused by ice.
· An ice jam near Stuartburn last night has now moved and water levels have receded. Aquadams have been deployed to the RM of Stuartburn and will be put in place if needed.
· There are reports that eight homes have been flooded in the RM of Coldwell (near Lundar) because of overland flooding.
· The provincial Office of the Fire Commissioner advises people to stay off all rivers and streams. Flows and currents can be unpredictable and objects will be hard to see in flood waters and are serious potential hazard. Boats, kayaks and canoes should not be in the water until waterways return to normal levels.
· Motorists are asked to respect all road closures and use caution in areas where work crews are present. Check highway conditions before travelling at www.manitoba.ca or by calling 204‑945‑3704 or 1-877-627-6237.
· PTH 75 is closed with local traffic only allowed on some sections. The alternate route detour is via PTH 3 and 14. All closures on PTH 75 are signed and marked and detour signs are in place to direct traffic.
· The ring dike on the north side of Morris is closed. A ramp has been constructed on the south side of Morris on PTH 75 and no truck traffic is allowed. Local traffic only is allowed. Preparations to close PTH 23 west of Morris are under consideration.
· The ring dikes are partially closed at Emerson, St. Jean Baptiste, Letellier and Morris.
· The ring dike at St. Adolphe is partially closed with one-lane local access into the town on PR 200. PR 200 is closed with local traffic access only between the floodway and St. Adolphe.
· The St. Jean Baptiste bridge on PR 246 at the Red River remains closed. Traffic has been rerouted in the area. The province is using concrete barriers to protect the bridge against ice and high river flows.
· Two ice cutters have completed their work on the Icelandic River near Riverton.
· Logistical problems are being experienced in deploying the Amphibex machines due to ice conditions. Work is continuing to get the machines working within Winnipeg.
· The province has 37 steamers to thaw frozen culverts and drains across southern Manitoba.
· A live provincial webcam is currently running at the floodway structure and can be found at
Floodway Webcam
· There are three Flood Liaison Offices in operation. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located in Winnipeg (945-2354), Morris (204-746-7325) and Brandon (204‑729‑1220).

Flood information is available at www.manitoba.ca.
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Updated: 2:06 PM GMT on April 10, 2009

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A Cool Night on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on April 09, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 2C(36F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -15C(5F).
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Updated: 2:01 PM GMT on April 10, 2009

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A Near Normal Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on April 08, 2009

Today will start cloudy with sunny periods then clearing this afternoon. The winds will become northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high 4C(39F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -11C(12F).
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Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on April 07, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 3C(37F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and an overnight low of -8C(17F).
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Abby set a personal record yesterday as she nabbed 2 gophers. That brings her total up to 5 matching last years catch. She seems to have mastered the gopher thing. It's too bad the didn't have a use or at least a bounty.
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Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on April 08, 2009

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Clear and Cool on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:55 PM GMT on April 06, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high near 0C(32F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -7C(19F).
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No gophers yesterday. I guess it was too chilly for the varmints. The north wind had a real bite to it yesterday afternoon.
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Updated: 12:32 PM GMT on April 07, 2009

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A Cool North Wind on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:41 PM GMT on April 05, 2009

Today will start sunny the the afternoon a mix of sun and cloud will move in as the wind becomes northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high of -2C(28F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring clearing as the northerly flow continues at 30 km/h (19 mph). An overnight low of -12C(10F) is expected.
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Abby is going to better last years 5 gopher count soon if she continues. She nabbed another one yesterday. The little critters get on top of the snow and can't get back to the hole fast enough. Yesterday when she nabbed her 3rd I saw 5 others running on the snow.
Te cool weaher we've been having this spring is sure improving the flood outlook. With the slow melt the streams seem to be handling it quite well.
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Updated: 1:54 PM GMT on April 06, 2009

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Sunny on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on April 04, 2009

Today will be sunny with a high of 1C(34F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -12C(10F).
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Abby is going to have a large gopher count if she leeps up her hunting. She took her second one yesterday. Is that little dog ever quick. I saw the kill, it was over in seconds. She did did a quick scout of the area with her nose to the ground, a pounce and a couple of shakes.

The daughter will be home from Newfoundland today. She called last night from George Street and it sounded like she was having a good time. She did some touring yesterday and passed through Incogkneetoe's hometown.

I noticed my tulips are starting to push up. Spring must be close on the prairie.
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Updated: 1:40 PM GMT on April 05, 2009

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Cool and Cloudy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:36 PM GMT on April 03, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. A high of 1C(34F) is forecast.
Tonight will reman cloudy with a 40% chance of flurries this evening. An overnight low of -7C(19F) is expected.
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Abby is having a hard time adjusting to my new schedule. I worked a full day yesterday and when I got home I was tripping on her where ever I went. I guess she'll adjust in time.
The daughter sounds like she's very happy in Newfoundland but she doesn't like the curves and hills on the roads. A flatlander at heart.
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Updated: 1:35 PM GMT on April 04, 2009

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Cloudy and Cooler on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on April 02, 2009

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries and a high of 0C(32F).
Tonight will have cloudy periods along with a 30% chance of flurries. An overnight low of -11C(12F) is forecast.
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I got the daughter off to her plane yesterday. She called around 11 and was safely in Newfoundland.
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Updated: 12:35 PM GMT on April 03, 2009

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A White April Fool's Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:56 PM GMT on April 01, 2009

Today will bring snow with 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in) accumulating. The wind will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). A high of 1C(34F) is forecast.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The winds will start northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) then become light this evening. An overnight low of -5C(23F) is predicted.
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The ground is white again, I'm really tiring of winter and snow.
I'm off to the city today to take the daughter to catch her plane to Newfoundland. I hope the weather is good for her there as she looks for a new place to teach.
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Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on April 02, 2009

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