Recent Events

For a historical record of disasters that have occurred in Canada in the last 100 years, go to the Canadian Disaster Database.

2014 Spring and June 27-30 Heavy Rains

In April 2014 water levels and flows rose on waterways and overland flooding occured in many regions of the province. Ice jams occured on the Assiniboine River. A culvert blocked by ice on a tributary of Birdtail Creek resulted in water building up behind an embakment which could fail resulting in a surge of water that threatened several downstream communities. Many lakes in Manitoba rose to above desirable levels. The Lake St. Martin Emergency Channel was reopened following record rainfall through May and June. A late June heavy rain and wind storm impacted many communities across southern Manitoba with overland flooding, road washouts and damaging homes. Record flows were observed on many Manitoba rivers.

  • Private property owners with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

Important Dates

  • October 9, 2014: Deadline for private sector applications
  • July 9, 2015: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

2013 July Severe Weather - Southwest Manitoba

Severe storms producing hail, heavy rains and strong winds the evening of July 13, 2013 resulted in overturned vehicles, building damage, downed trees and power outages in the Pipestone and Hartney areas.

  • Private property owners with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

2013 July 6 - 7 Heavy Rains

Approximately 150mm of rain fell in the Village of Winnipegosis from July 5 to 7 2013. These heavy rains caused overland flooding and water to accumulate and wash out roads in the RM of Mossey River and Village of Winnipegosis. Some homes in these communities had flooded basements. In the RM of Mossey River 11 people were evacuated. The Village of Winnipegosis undertook significant response activities including pumping, sandbagging and running their operations and evacuation centre.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for areas impacted by the 2013 July 6-7 Heavy Rains.

  • Private property owners with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with non-insurable event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

Important Dates

  • November 12, 2013: Deadline for private sector applications
  • August 13, 2014: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

2013 June 21 to July 16 Northern Flooding

On June 21, 2013, the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) Hydrologic Forecast Centre reported water levels on the Saskatchewan River in The Pas area were expected to approach 2011 levels as floodwater from Alberta moves east through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba.

The RM of Kelsey and Town of The Pas declared a State of Local Emergency to aid in flood preparations and a joint Emergency Operations Center was opened in the Town of The Pas for The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the RM of Kelsey.

Over the course of June 23-27, 2013 the RM of Kelsey experienced 128.1mm of rain. Voluntary evacuation for all 125 residents in the community of Wanless took place. One home was flooded and several had water over their access roads. Diking and pumping operations took place. PTH 10 was also impacted by flood waters due to heavy rains and increasing levels on the Saskatchewan River.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for areas impacted by the 2013 Northern Flooding.

  • Private property owners with event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

Important Dates

  • December 10, 2013: Deadline for private sector applications
  • December 10, 2014: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

2013 June Heavy Rains

Significant rainfall and thunderstorms in southern and central Manitoba started on June 21st and continued for several days. Overland flood warning and high water advisories were issued. Several municipalities declared local state of emergencies and many provincial resources such as aqua dams and sandbagging machines were deployed to at risk communities. Many roads were closed due to water over the road.

On June 25th an intense low pressure system brought significant rainfall and thunderstorms. Various municipalities were impacted by the June 21-23 heavy rains and again by the June 25 rains.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for areas impacted by the 2013 June 21 - 25 Heavy Rains.

  • Private property owners with event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2013: Deadline for private sector applications
  • August 4, 2014: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

2013 June Forest Fires

Due to dry weather forest fire danger in the northeast region of the province is high. Many fires are burning in the province with the majority human caused. Evacuations took place at Ilford/War Lake First Nation on June 8th due to proximity of fire to the community. Sprinklers as well as air tankers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were in operation to protect the community. Evacuations also occurred at the Manitoba Hydro work site camp at Keeyask. June 10th saw the evacuation of York Factory First Nation residents due to heavy smoke in the community. On June 14th value protection crews and equipment we deployed to protect infrastructure in the communitiy due to proximity of fires.

Residents were evacuated to Thompson, Brandon and Winnipeg.

2013 Spring Flood and May Heavy Rains

As early as February 27, 2013, the Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) preliminary 2013 spring flood outlook suggested there could be a risk of spring flooding on various rivers and in the Interlake region. The flood risk was later increased on March 26, 2013 to moderate to major flooding and communities were preparing to ensure that their flood protection measures were in place prior to the flood arriving.

Over the following weeks the cool temperatures delayed the snow melt and kept the frost in the ground for longer than normal across Manitoba. The delayed snow melt presented the potential for spring rainstorms which could cause a rapid snow melt aggravating overland flooding and increasing tributary flows.

The first high water advisory was issued on April 27, 2013 for smaller rivers, creeks and drains in southeast and south-central Manitoba. As a rapid snow melt and run-off took place, numerous roads across the Province were overtopped with flood waters and some homes and farms were impacted.

The Red River Floodway and the Portage diversion both went into operation on April 29, 2013 with the Red River Floodway diverting water from the Red River into the floodway channel and around Winnipeg and the Portage diversion diverting water and ice from the Assiniboine River into the channel which flows to Lake Manitoba. The Province also started opening the Shellmouth Reservoir gates on April 30, 2013.

Since the first high water advisory various rivers have experienced above bankfull stage, including the Red River, Assiniboine River, Souris River, Pembina River, Swan River, Whitemud River and Waterhen River.

Eight municipalities declared a State of Local Emergency.

With high flows on tributaries and strong winds an ice pile-up occurred on May 10, 2013 at Ochre Beach on Dauphin Lake, where permanent homes and cottages were affected. Ice pile-up also occurred at Twin Lakes Beach on Lake Manitoba where geotubes on the shoreline were affected.

Over May 17-21, 2013 southern Manitoba was impacted by heavy rains causing significant runoff in the Red, Pembina and Roseau River watersheds. Many smaller tributaries also experienced increased water levels.

In addition, during May 30-31, 2013 significant amounts of rainfall were recorded across southern Manitoba. Homes were damaged in the Morden area.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for areas impacted by the 2013 Spring Flood and May Heavy Rains.

  • Private property owners with event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.

Important Dates

  • August 15, 2013: Deadline for private sector applications
  • June 10, 2014: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

2012 October Wildfires

In October 2012 dry conditions and strong winds caused wildfires in southeast Manitoba and Interlake. Two States of Local Emergency were declared, approximately 270 people were evacuated and 14 homes or farm operations were damaged in the fires.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) was provided to municipalities impacted by the 2012 October Wildfires.

2012 May Wildfires

Manitoba experienced two wildfires in May 2012 near the communities of Badger and Vita.

The fire near Badger was approximately 5,300 hectares in size while the Vita fire was 4,100 hectares in size. Both communities declared a State of Local Emergency and evacuation of 16 residents took place.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) was provided to municipalities impacted by the 2012 May Wildfires.

2012 May High Winds

As a result of high winds (gusts between 80 to 100 km/hr) on May 14, 2012 the RM of Macdonald experienced damages in the form of debris and drift soil in 33 miles the municipal ditches.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) was provided to the RM of Macdonald.

2012 June Heavy Rains

On June 18, 2012, the Hydrologic Forecast Center of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) issued a high water advisory for Swan River and the Duck Mountain area as the Ochre River rose by 2.5 feet and the Swan River by one foot due to 40 mm to 100 mm of rain from June 15 to 18, 2012.

On June 19, 2012, the high water advisory continued due to heavy rain and a flood warning was issued for Ethelbert and the surrounding area resulting from 42 mm of rainfall reported in the previous 24 hours in portions of the Duck Mountain region. This area was already experiencing wet conditions as a result of significant rain since May 2012.

Two Local States of Emergency were declared. Damages and costs related to this event include municipal/provincial road and infrastructure repair, debris clean up and damage to private residences, businesses and farmland/farm operations.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for areas impacted by the 2012 June Heavy Rains.

  • Private property owners with event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.
  • Important Dates

    • October 1, 2013: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

    2011 Flood

    Extreme flooding in Manitoba was identified in late 2010. By January 2011 the flood potential for much of the Province was high. Communities and the provincial government began preparations early.

    Extraordinary flooding took place in most watersheds, rivers and lakes. The Assiniboine River experienced a 1 in 350 year flood. 64 municipalities declared a State of Local Emergency and the Province of Manitoba had to twice declare a Provincial State of Emergency. 750 provincial and municipal roads were affected by flooding.

    Flood levels increased significantly due to five major storms that produced record rain on already saturated soils across southern Manitoba. Precipitation amounts were almost 300 per cent of normal in the Souris River basin. Other areas of southern Manitoba experienced rain amount between 150 and 250 per cent of normal.

    Storms and high water flows from other provinces and states contribute to Manitoba’s flood of record.

    Over 6,400 Manitobans, including First Nations, were evacuated. Thousands of homes and farms were damaged by flooding.

  • Private property owners with event related damage are encouraged to complete a DFA application.
  • Local authorities with event related damage are encouraged to complete a Community Impact Assessment and submit a resolution requesting DFA if necessary.
  • Important Dates

    • May 31, 2012: Deadline for private sector applications
    • December 1, 2014: Program closure date. All invoices or other documents detailing disaster-related expenses must reach our office or be post-marked by this date.

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