Manitoba's Storm of the Century

Posted by on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Sorlie bridge 1997.jpg
Sorlie Bridge connecting Grand Forks and East Grand Forks became submerged on April 17

Manitoba is no stranger to cold weather and snow, but it was one storm in 1997 that will not be forgotten any time soon.

On April 5, 1997 a monster storm system dropped close to 50 cm of snow on Winnipeg.

The storm caused people on roads and highways to abandon their vehicles, shut down highways and school in southern Manitoba, and caused the Winnipeg airport to come to a virtual standstill. Hydro lines were snapped and there was some property damage.

The blizzard was also responsible for the famous "Flood of the Century". 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 Team

© Wx Centre