The spring floods in Manitoba have forced the Canadian Pacific Railway to reroute trains in the Red River Valley. The area is prone to spring flooding, but this year the ice jams on the rivers have pushed the crests higher than previous years. The Red River flows north from N. Dakota where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has had to also make adjustments due to the high water.
Adding to the water miseries for the residents of south west Manitoba is the Assiniboine River which has crested in Saskatchewan and is adding its water to the area around Winnipeg. Numerous other rivers and streams are getting the spring snow melt and contributing to high water.
Currently, Manitoba has 32 municipalities under emergency regulations. Scores of roads and bridges are closed. The shorelines of Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba are expected to also be under siege as the floods converge there.
Canadians are a hardy lot and face challenges with the weather in stride. Many are treating the vast flooded areas as new recreational lakes, albeit temporary, and breaking out their boats, jet skis and kite boards.