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The Red River Flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred in April and May 1997, along the Red River of the North in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Southern Manitoba. It was the most severe flood of the river since 1826. The flood reached throughout the Red River Valley, affecting the cities of Fargo and Winnipeg, but none so greatly as in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, where floodwaters reached over 3 miles (5 km) inland, inundating virtually everything in the twin communities. Total damages for the Red River region were US$3.5 billion
As for precipitation, Canada experienced a normal year in 2010, 0.4% above normal, ranked as the 38th wettest out of the 63-years of record. The wettest year was 2005, 13.4% above normal, and the driest year was 1956, 7.3% below normal. The precipitation percent departure map below shows southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, northern Nunavut and the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador all experienced at least 20% more precipitation than average this past year.
Winnipeggers accustomed to bone-chilling temperatures in January are continuing to get a break from the cold. On Thursday, the city broke the 05 January record for a daytime temperature. The previous record for a daytime high in Winnipeg on 05 January was set in 1984 when it reached 4.3° C. By 4 PM Thursday, the temperature in the city was sitting at 6.1° C. . . .
Winnipeg’s normal daytime high for this time of year is -13° C, while lows usually sit at around -24° C.