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Flood of the Century

Chronology of Flood Events - 1997

February
26 First flood forecast issued
27 Flood preparations begin
March
19 Sandbag production begins
21 Second flood forecast issued
25 Sandbag deliveries begin
27 Second sandbagging machine operating
April
5 - 8 BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY
16 Flood Hotline goes public
20 Province revises forecasted peak to 24.5'
21 Floodway operation begins. Cable TV Channel 11 begins 16 days of continuous flood coverage
22 St. Vital area opens as reception centre. City begins to deliver information packages about evacuation procedures
23 Mayor Thompson declares State of Local Emergency. 1st mandatory evacuation ordered. 3rd sandbagging machine in operation
26 Province advises of risk if Brunkild Dike fails. City puts St. Norbert and St. Germaine/Vermette residents on 24-hour evacuation alert
27 City begins to construct St. Norbert earth dike. 4th sandbagging machine in operation
29 3,000 military personnel on route from CFB Pettawawa. Dike patrols begin 24-hour dike monitoring
30 St. Norbert evacuated. Flood hotline answers 12,560 calls in 24-hour period
May
1 Red River Crests at 24.5'
3 101 pumps issued
5 Provencher Bridge closed
7 City begins to allow residents to return home. Sandbag production ends
10 Evacuees return home. Removal of dikes begin
13 Military personnel go home
23 Mayor Thompson sounds the all-clear. In total, 54 city homes have been flooded
July
14 Provencher Bridge re-opens
Last update: September 26, 2014

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