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Canada commits $165m to flood control project

5 Aug 15 The government of Canada has announced CA$165m (£80.5m) in funding towards a project to build outlet channels to reduce chronic flooding problems in Manitoba.

The Lake Manitoba and Lake St Martin outlet channels project will enable the province to monitor and adjust the water levels on Lake Manitoba. Aecom is the consultant on the scheme.

The CA$165m contribution to the CA$495m project will be made through the national infrastructure component of the New Building Canada Fund.  

This project consists of the construction of an additional outlet channel from Lake Manitoba to Lake St Martin and the conversion and enlargement of the Lake St Martin emergency outlet channel.

Work will include the construction of a permanent structure at the start of the Lake St Martin channel, as well as enhancement of the outlet channel. The project also involves the construction of an engineered channel with an outlet to Lake Winnipeg, bypassing Dauphin River First Nation. The permanent structure is designed to reduce the economic burden that chronic flooding has had on the province of Manitoba.

"With unprecedented chronic flooding facing our province, the new Lake Manitoba and Lake St Martin outlet channels will protect the lives and livelihoods of Manitoba families living in the Lake Manitoba basin,” said Manitoba premier  Greg Selinger. “As part of Manitoba's $5.5-billion, five-year core infrastructure plan, this investment will create good jobs and give Manitoba communities the protection they need for growth and economic prosperity in the future.”

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