|Comments||Southern Manitoba, June 25 to July 14, 2014. After a relatively quiet spring flood season, heavy rainfall in Western Manitoba and Saskatchewan led to record flows and flooding along the Assiniboine, Qu’Appelle and Souris Rivers. Up to 200 mm of rain fell in some municipalities. Over 43 local states of emergency were declared followed by a provincial state of emergency and formal request for federal assistance on July 4. Approximately 300 Canadian Armed Forces personnel deployed from CFB Shilo to help flood recovery efforts. The Portage Diversion was opened near Portage la Prairie to direct flows from the Assiniboine river into Lake Manitoba. In total, approximately 560 people were evacuated from their homes. The Government of Manitoba estimates that over 920,000 acres of farm land went unseeded for the 2014 season, representing 25 percent of arable acres in Manitoba with an associated estimated cost of over $1 billion dollars.
*Note: A request for federal assistance through the DFAA program has been made; however, no payments have yet been issued.