A high water advisory has been issued for the Assiniboine River and it's tributaries.
Manitoba Water Stewardship issued the advisory that ranges from the Shellmouth/Russell area to Headingley, as a result of ice jams.
The Assiniboine tributaries and the main river remain well within their banks at most locations. However, due to the recent heavy snow followed by a sudden drop in temperatures, ice jams and flooding are occurring at various locations downstream of the Shellmouth Reservoir, Miniota and in the Brandon area.
This local ice-jam flooding is expected to continue at locations on the main river and some larger tributaries like the Souris and the Little Saskatchewan rivers until the freezing process stabilizes in the next two weeks.
Communities in the Assiniboine Valley, especially in low-lying areas such as Russell, St. Lazare, Miniota and Brandon, should be aware that ice-related flooding could occur.
The weather forecast calls for clear periods for southern Manitoba and temperatures remaining in the -10 to -20 c range for the next five days, this should help reduce ice jams and related flooding.