Evacuations Warned Because of Red River Flooding

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Authorities warned hundreds of
Manitoba residents along the Red River Thursday that they might
have to evacuate as rising waters threaten to flood their homes.

The threat in Manitoba was due mainly to the spring thaw causing
ice jams along the Red and provincial rivers. Senior flood
forecaster Alf Warkentin warned of possible flooding near Winnipeg.

The north-flowing Red River was on the brink Thursday of
potentially disastrous in the Fargo, N.D., area, but the dangerous
crest wasn't expected to reach key parts of Manitoba for another
week, said Paul Guyader, the region's emergency services
coordinator.

About 850 people along the Red River were warned of possible
evacuation depending on the rise of the water, said Don Brennan,
acting executive director of Manitoba's Emergency Measures
Organization.

Officials said the cold weather sweeping through the province
had stopped some of the flooding but was only prolonging the
threat.

"The cold weather could be an ally in this case, drying up the
source of water at least temporarily," Warkentin said. "But there
could be a resurgence of this when the snow finally does melt, so
it's not over yet.

The province has deployed two sandbagging machines and emergency
crews have brought in huge chunks of limestone rock to shore up
low-lying areas in a few towns near the river.


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