2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force

2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force
Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee

Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee

June 05, 2012 14:00 ET

Flood Review Panels Launch Public Consultations, Invite Input from Flood-Affected Manitobans

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2012) - Manitobans affected by last year's record flood are invited to share feedback and recommendations with two independent review bodies.

The 2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force and the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee today launched public web sites and announced a series of opportunities for public participation, including surveys, online feedback tools and open houses across the flood-affected region.

"Last year's flood had a devastating impact on thousands of Manitobans and the Task Force welcomes their input," said David Farlinger, the chair of the nine-member Task Force. "Over the next few months we will be undertaking a public consultation and review of the flood that will help to improve our capacity to respond to major flood events here in Manitoba."

The two review bodies were appointed by the Province of Manitoba in February and are mandated to submit final reports with recommendations in the fall. Work to date has included data collection and analysis, technical presentations from hydrologists and engineers, and the scheduling and start of public consultation activities.

Today's launch of the two public web sites marks the beginning of a second phase of work that will focus on public and stakeholder feedback and consultation.

The web sites for each review body will serve as public hubs where flood-affected Manitobans and stakeholder groups can learn more about the review processes, provide feedback via online tools and find information about public open houses that will be held in a number of flood-affected communities.

Apart from open public consultation, both the Flood Task Force and Regulation Review Committee will be conducting site visits and meetings, reviewing submissions from stakeholder organizations, First Nations and Municipalities and undertaking additional research.

The 2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force and the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee will provide updates on their work via their respective web sites. Interested Manitobans can also sign up to receive regular updates via email. Technical presentations and stakeholder submissions will be made available as a public resource and can be viewed on the Regulation Review Committee web site.

Last year's flooding and May 31st, 2011 wind storm on Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin was unprecedented. Water levels reached historic and sustained highs causing widespread property damage, dislocating people from their homes, inundating farmland and affecting livelihoods.

"Many members of our review team are from flood-affected communities. Their families and neighbours have been displaced and suffered loss of both property and livelihood," said Harold Westdal, the chair of the Regulation Review Committee. "We encourage all Manitobans impacted by the 2011 flood to share their experiences and thoughts with us."

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER

In February 2012 the Province of Manitoba appointed two independent review bodies -- the 2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force and the Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee -- to consider and make recommendations on a range of matters related to last year's historic flood.

The Flood Review Task Force's scope of work includes examining flood preparedness and response, flood forecasting, public communications, operation of flood control infrastructure and flood protection.

The Regulation Review Committee's scope of work includes reviewing the operation of provincial water control structures and the water levels on Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin and associated waterways.

More detail on the mandate of each review body is available on their respective web sites: www.2011manitobafloodreviewtaskforce.ca and www.lakemanitobalakestmartinregulationreview.ca.

While certain aspects of the two review processes are centered on research and analysis provided by hydrologists and engineers, a robust process of public engagement and consultation is being undertaken to ensure input from flood-affected Manitobans is reflected in the review bodies' findings and recommendations.

On each web site, Manitobans can:

  • Provide input and recommendations on a range of flood-related topics;
  • Take a survey on key issues related to the mandate of each review body;
  • Find out the dates and locations of public open houses;
  • Beginning in mid-June, view open house materials online (for those not able to attend an open house in person);
  • Sign up to receive email updates to stay informed on the progress of both the Flood Review Task Force and Regulation Review Committee.
  • Learn more about the 2011 flood.

The 2011 Manitoba Flood Review Task Force and Lake Manitoba/Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee will complete their work and submit their final reports and recommendations in late fall. The reports and recommendations will be made public.

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