Man. flood will have $200M price tag

Officials survey the spillway as dozens of pieces of heavy machinery work to raise the dike on the...

Officials survey the spillway as dozens of pieces of heavy machinery work to raise the dike on the Portage diversion, to divert floodwaters from the rising Assinibione river near Portage La Prairie, west of Winnipeg, Manitoba July 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Lyle Stafford)

Kristen Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:21 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The cost of this summer's floods in Western Manitoba will exceed $200 million, and that's only the beginning, provincial officials say.

At the latest provincial flood update on Friday, Premier Greg Selinger said the estimate doesn't even include agricultural losses or repairs to any flood infrastructure.

"We're in a unique situation here, where these events have had a cumulative impact on the way of life of people, in terms of not being able to seed acres ... in terms of road infrastructure and people's homes and communities," Selinger said, adding the funding scheme with the federal government for the disaster funding assistance (DFA) still needs to be ironed out.

Of the $200 million, about $60 million will go to repairing bridges, while $40 million will go to fixing damaged roads.

The DFA funding will spread among the municipalities and individuals that will receive $70 million, while the other $30 million will go to provincial response.


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