The floods in Manitoba
Organisations such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Mennonite Disaster Relief Committee offered their help for the fight against the flood, the collection of funds as well as psychological support.

Declared as Manitoba's worst flood of the last one hundred years and the third in importance in the last two centuries, the Red River flood tested the courage, determination and the spirit of mutual aid of thousands of Manitobans as well as many thousands of military personnel, social workers and volunteers from all over Canada.

During this vast operation, over 6,5 millions sand bags were filled, distributed and pilled up in order to dyke up the surrounding cities, villages and houses. If put end to end, these sandbags would cover around 1 850 kilometres, the distance between Winnipeg and Vancouver.

The Canadian Armed Forces sent over 8 500 military personnel in the flooded site for the "Assistance" operation, which lasted 36 days. It was the largest Canadian troop deployment since the Korean war. On top of the soldiers, some 2 850 vehicles, 131 boats and 34 aircraft coming from the four corners of Canada were deployed in this operation. To this military intervention, the help of 225 employees of the Canadian Coast Guard were added and participated to the relief efforts.

The help of the volunteer workers was invaluable. From mid-April to the beginning of May 1997, at the height of the flood, residents of all social status helped in trying to contain the muddy waters of the flooding river. Either in preparing meals, filling sandbags, building dykes or in transporting material to flooded areas. All contributed in reducing the extent of the damages.
The spirit of mutual aid raised from this catastrophe was not only materialised by local reinforcement during the flood, but also by a moral and monetary support coming in from one end of the country to the other. As well as the financial aid from different governmental levels, many organisations and businesses from different sectors raised funds for Manitoba's disaster stricken population. For example, Canada's milk producers gave out some 80 000 litres of milk and 20 000 pounds of butter to help the flood victims. Donations of this type were the complement in the relief efforts and to the public aid given in accordance with the flood victims relief funds put in place by the Manitoban government.

During this tragedy, help not only came from all over the country, but from all over the world. In this catastrophic situation a feeling of mutual aid and of great compassion grew resulting in a considerable help to the relief of the Manitoban community.