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Flood Update April 28

 

On Thursday April 29th, I spoke I response to a Ministerial statement on the flood situation for Manitoba.

Severe Weather Event Forecast

Mr. Gerrard: Madam Speaker, we are all quite concerned about the possi­bility of ad­di­tional precipi­ta­tion this weekend. We've already had a lot; we don't parti­cularly need any more. But I think it's really im­por­tant that Manitobans around the province are aware of the situation and are preparing as much as can be possible.

      I salute those like the RM of Morris, who are taking a lot of precautions at the moment, hoping that the worst doesn't happen but being ready for it in case it does.

      There are now six rural munici­palities which have declared state of emergencies. This is a spreading of the state of emergencies, and the impact of the rain that we've had and the snow that we've had.

      Madam Speaker, there's a little bit of a tendency to dismiss the importance of overland flooding, but it can be very im­por­tant. It may not be as big a deal as a major Red River or Assiniboine flood, but to the in­dividual homeowners affected, it is a big deal.

      I ask, once again, for the minister to consider restoring a basement flooding support program that was there.

      I want to thank the minister for the briefing this morning. It was much ap­pre­ciated, the sharing of in­for­ma­tion and the dialogue and discussion.

      I want to thank all those who are working hard to prevent further damage and hope that we can get through this and also that the gov­ern­ment will start paying a little more attention to climate change issues and to reducing greenhouse gases, because climate change is part of the reason for this.

      Thank you.

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