Manitoba officials forecast minimal flooding risk after warm, dry winter

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WINNIPEG — Officials in Manitoba are forecasting a low risk of spring flooding while watching for signs of drought.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says the flood outlook suggests a warm and dry winter has eased annual spring flood fears.

Winter precipitation levels have been below normal in the central and southern basins and normal in the north.

Schuler says droughts are difficult to forecast and he’s hopeful average rainfall in the coming weeks will prevent dry conditions.

Currently, he says, the government has no drought concerns.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2021.

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