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Manitoba holds open houses about flood control

A series of open houses will seek public input on the operation of Manitoba's main water control structures, including the Red River Floodway. Randall Paull / Global News file

WINNIPEG – Manitoba will hold a series of open houses this month to get public input on the operation of the Red River Floodway, Portage Diversion and the Fairford River Water Control Structure.

Open houses will be held Jan. 13 in Selkirk, Jan. 14 in Portage la Prairie, Jan. 15 in St. Laurent, Jan. 19 in St. Adolphe, Jan. 20 in Winnipeg and Jan. 21 in Ashern. Full details can be found below.

The open houses are part of an independent review by a three-member panel of major flood control structures in the province. The panel will make recommendations that could affect operating rules and guidelines for the three structures.

Harold Westdal, who was chairman of the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee, heads the panel. Barry MacBride, former director of the City of Winnipeg water and waste department, and hydrological engineer Rick Bowering, the former water resources manager for Manitoba, are the other two members of the panel.

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The public will be able to learn more about the review, speak to members of the panel in a question-and-answer session and have their feedback documented, a news release from the province said. People can also submit information before the open houses at the review website. http://www.floodinfrastructurereview.ca/

The open houses will all be drop-ins from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with question-and-answer sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. They’re scheduled at the following locations:

  • Winnipeg – Jan. 20, Canad Inns Polo Park Ambassador 4, 1405 St. Matthews Ave.
  • Portage la Prairie – Jan. 14, PCU Centre Portage Rotary multipurpose room, 245 Royal Rd.
  • Selkirk – Jan. 13, Gaynor Family Regional Library theatre, 806 Manitoba Ave.
  • St. Laurent – Jan. 15, St. Laurent Rec. Centre, Lot 825 Highway 6 (near the Esso)
  • St. Adolphe — Jan. 19, St. Adolphe Community Centre Pioneer Hall, 345 Hebert Rd.
  • Ashern – Jan. 21, Ashern Centennial Hall, Highway 325 East

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