Manitoba spending $21M to shore up dams, drains and ring dikes against flooding

Manitoba is spending $21 million to drain water-logged fields and repair damage from last spring’s flood.

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is spending $21 million to drain water-logged fields and repair damage from last spring’s flood.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Lemieux says the cash is greatly needed by farmers in the Interlake region who have been “pounded by water.”

He says more than half of the money will go to improve drainage in rural areas.

He says the money is also needed to shore up ring dikes around some southern Manitoba towns that were flooded by the swollen Red River.

Lemieux says the dikes around the towns of St. Adolphe, St. Jean Baptiste and Emerson were all damaged by the most recent flooding.

One bridge into St. Adolphe has been closed by provincial officials because the structure slipped by about a metre.

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