Manitoba flooding becomes top weather story of 2011

According to Environment Canada, the biggest weather story of 2011 was the historic spring and summer flooding in the Prairies.

Senior climatologist David Phillips, who on Thursday announced Environment Canada’s 16th annual Top 10 Weather List said: “It was by all accounts, the big story of the year. We use that expression, the flood of the century but hey this could’ve been the flood of the millennium.”

He also told that the total damage costs exceeded $1 billion.

The flood water left on land was the highest water levels and flows in modern history across parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“It was like the flood that wouldn’t end,” Phillips said. “I think it was not just the flood of the century but the flood of all times.”

Moreover, Environment Canada said the floods were the second most costly weather incident in Canadian history, next to the 1998 ice storm which overthrew trees and caused major outages throughout eastern Canada.

Consequently, both Lake Manitoba and the Assiniboine River reported water levels not recorded in the entire last century. The Canadian Armed Forces, and even jailed up prisoners, were relied on throughout this period to help lay down sandbags along the riverbanks.

This year, 138 weather events took place in Canada, including the present mild wintry conditions.

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