Using radar imagery from the Canadian satellite Radarsat-2, Statistics Canada has analyzed the area of Manitoba farmland covered by this year’s flooding in the Red River Valley, and compared it with the area flooded in “The Flood of the Century” in 1997.
The area of flooded agricultural land is estimated using the 2006 Census of Agriculture data. It shows a constant increase from 1,300 hectares on March 31 to 46,800 hectares on April 14, affecting up to about 124 farmers. StatsCan says the 1997 flooding of the same region covered 141,900 hectares of cultivated land, three times in area compared with the 2009 flood as of April 14. The 1997 flood affected almost 350 farmers.