Severe flooding in the areas in 2011 and 2014 resulted in extensive damage to homes and businesses as well as evacuations in communities around Lake St. Martin.
The project announced Monday will consist of building two 23-kilometre-long diversion channels:
- the Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel, which will run north from Watchorn Bay in Lake Manitoba to Birch Bay on Lake St. Martin, and
- the Lake St. Martin Channel, which will run northeast from Lake St. martin to Lake Winnipeg south of Willow Point.
Construction of two bridges, water control structures and adjustment of surrounding highways are also included in the plan.
The two governments will split the costs 50/50 at $247.5 million each.
The governments identified the channels project as a major priority and said the access road to Lake St. Martin is underway, with the rest of the work scheduled to begin in fall 2019 at the earliest.
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