With the the Red River crest between Emerson and Letellier expected some time between Saturday and Monday, there remains numerous highway and rural closures throughout the region. The most recent Provincial Road to close in the region is PR 243 between Emerson and Gretna, which took effect Wednesday evening Local traffic is still being allowed on the stretch of gravel road which has water over it in spots. 

For the latest closures in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin click here

For the latest closures in the R.M. of Montcalm click here

For the latest closures in the R.M. of Morris click here

According to the Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre's latest update, Peak water levels are forecasted to be similar to 2009 on the Red River between Emerson and Letellier, with slightly lower water levels, between 2011 and 2009 spring flood levels between St. Jean Baptiste to the Red River Floodway inlet. The peak from St. Jean to the Morris area is forecast to be between May 8th and 10th.

CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner says there are a couple of chances of additional rainfall this weekend, but at this point, he's not seeing significant, widespread precipitation in the forecast.

"A low moving across the province will be the trigger for showers Saturday night, we’re talking 5 to 10mm," he explained. "A second low moves through Sunday night into Monday, and that will give us another round of light rain. The forecast models are suggesting a further 5 to 10mm throughout the day. We’re also expecting Monday to be windy, gusts between 50 and 60 km/h as we start the week. Overall, Saturday night through Monday night, much of Southern Manitoba will see somewhere between half an inch and an inch (12.5mm to 25mm), but it should come over a lengthy period of time which will help with drainage, keeping in mind we are still saturated in most regions of the Pembina and Red River Valley."

Sumner noted, Saturday will be very windy, with southerly gusts up to 80km/h developing in the afternoon. "windy conditions will last into Saturday night, with Sunday also expected to be a breezy day. Not the same extent as Saturday, but certainly a little gusty at times."

Meanwhile, Portage-Lisgar M.P. Candice Bergen released the following statement Thursday regarding the ongoing flooding in the area:

“I had hoped to be home in Manitoba this weekend with my constituents affected by the flooding; however, I have received a positive COVID-19 test early this week. I am isolating and working from Ottawa with mild symptoms, but I unfortunately will not be able to travel home this weekend.

“I encourage everyone to listen to local authorities, keep up to date on warnings, and help in the effort if able. I will continue to reach out to mayors and reeves in affected municipalities, as well as my provincial counterparts.

“I know how devastating flooding can be and I’m extremely grateful for our first responders and volunteers on the ground. I hope that the warm weather continues, and the flooding stops.

“To all residents of Portage-Lisgar and Manitobans affected by flooding; continue to stay strong, stay safe, and I look forward to being home with you soon.”