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Feds transfer $194M to Manitoba in disaster assistance for flooding, storms dating back to 2014

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The federal government has transferred $194 million to Manitoba under the disaster financial assistance agreement, Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Tuesday.

$169M for 2022 flood damage; other funding for June 2020 and October 2019 storms, 2014 and 2016 floods

A flooded section of the Red River, with the town of Morris protected by a ring dike.
An aerial image shows the flooding from the Red River outside of Morris, Man., which is protected by a ring dike, on May 2022. Flooding was widespread in southern Manitoba that spring. (Trevor Lyons/CBC)

The federal government has transferred $194 million to Manitoba under the disaster financial assistance agreement, Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Tuesday.

Speaking at the Manitoba Legislature, Sajjan said Ottawa has made five payments to Manitoba to cover damage from floods and rainstorms dating back to 2014.

Most of the money — $169 million — covers damage incurred during spring flooding in 2022, when widespread flooding affected a broad swath of southern Manitoba.

There was a record flood on the Winnipeg River that spring, as well as the sixth-largest flood on the Red River, a significant flood on the Fisher River and flash flooding in the Porcupine Hills, Duck Mountain and eastern Interlake areas.

The rest of the payments covered damage from a June 2020 rainstorm, an unusually early heavy snowfall in October 2019 ands spring floods in 2016 and 2014.

Sajjan spoke alongside Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Lisa Naylor following a meeting between the officials.

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