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ESP receives $300,000 in flood preparedness funding

Posted: April 23, 2020

ESP receives $300,000 in flood preparedness funding

The RM of East St. Paul has been approved for $300,000 in funding through the Province of Manitoba’s 2020 Flood Preparedness Program. 

The RM applied for the funding to purchase pumps, heaters, lights, sandbags and water-filled flood barriers that will assist in flood preparedness this year and in years to come.  

One of the pumps is a large volume 12-inch diesel pump, which will serve in a number of different applications. As we have seen changing weather patterns over the course of the past few years and been subjected to major precipitation events causing overland flooding this pump would assist us in pumping water as required instead of having to breach roads or driveways. 

Another important application is to help maintain the municipal sewer system. In the event the municipality experiences major river flooding or extreme rainfall events and the sewer system becomes overwhelmed, this pump would be deployed to pump excess water from the sewer system to maintain the integrity of the system, this includes assisting in preventing sewer backups and the possible associated damage and costs of sewer backups for municipal residents and businesses. 

This pump will serve as one of the major tools in the municipal plan to help prevent and mitigate the effects of overland or river flooding by protecting the wastewater treatment plant. 

The Province of Manitoba invited representatives from both the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR) to meet with their staff to provide valuable input and feedback on the applications submitted by municipalities across the province.  

Mayor Shelley Hart said the WMR’s knowledge of needs within the Capital Region and its mandate to work collaboratively resulted in some meaningful feedback to provincial staff, assisting them in understanding local issues.  

Provincial funding was originally set at $3 million but the province increased this to $8 million, funding 80 projects province wide.  

"On behalf of our community, we thank Provincial Ministers Rochelle Squires, Ron Schuler and our MLA Jeff Wharton for the financial support for this important flood fighting equipment,” Mayor Hart said. 

"We are also very appreciative of the invitation to the WMR to be involved in the process, providing valuable local input. This was an exceptional example of collaboration.”


Flood forecast favourable 

The Red River is expected to crest at between 19- and 19.3-feet at James Avenue in Winnipeg between April 21st and April 23. 

Low lying areas in the Municipality of East St. Paul along the Red River are subject to flooding when the Red River reaches an elevation of approximately 20.5-21-feet James Ave. 

Fortunately, with below normal snow fall, minimal rainfall, and a slow spring thaw, each flood forecast provided us with a more favourable outlook. The Red River will remain at elevated levels for some time before returning to normal summer levels. 

Homeowners living near or along the Red River are urged to exercise extreme caution due the high water conditions and fast flow.


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