August 5, 2014 9:37 am

Manitoba announces flood work funding for Lake Winnipeg communities

A dike at Patricia Beach will protect 60 homes and cottages.

Global News

GIMLI, Man. — A number of projects will improve flood protection around Lake Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced Monday.

“Normally these projects only go in the fall, but we decided because of high water conditions we’ve had in Manitoba this year, we should get the money in place quickly as possible and encourage municipalities to start working on them as quickly as possible,” Selinger said.

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The rural municipality of Gimli will get up to $300,000 for improvements to the Willow Island access road, Selinger announced in the town of Gimli on Monday. The road floods frequently, cutting off access to the island.

The province will pay 90 per cent of the cost to a maximum of $300,000, a news release said.

The province will also work with municipalities for projects at Albert and Patricia beaches on the southeast Lake Winnipeg shore and Pebble Beach in the Interlake.

Work has already started on a dike at Patricia Beach that will protect 60 homes and cottages. The province will pay 90 per cent of costs to a maximum of $800,000.

The Albert Beach work will also be 90 per cent funded to a maximum of $300,000.

A community dike that will protect Riverton High School in the Interlake will also be funded, Selinger said.

The funding is provided through the Building Manitoba Fund, which shares provincial tax revenue with municipalities, Selinger said.

– With files from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2014

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