In its first flood outlook of the season, Manitoba’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre says there is a high risk of moderate spring flooding along the Assiniboine River and its tributaries, including the Souris and Qu’Appelle Rivers.


The Assiniboine, and its tributaries, are expected to remain within their banks under favourable future weather scenarios.


The flood protection level of the community dikes in Brandon, Melita, Souris and Wawanesa are at elevations high enough to protect against expected spring water levels.


Meanwhile, based on the runoff potential in the Assiniboine and Souris basins, the Portage Diversion is expected to be operated under median and unfavourable weather conditions.


Under favourable weather conditions, the Portage Diversion may be operated to reduce ice jam related levels downstream of the diversion.


The next flood outlook will be released in late March.