11/16/2012 12:17 EST | Updated 01/16/2013 05:12 EST

Manitoba government expects cost of flooding in 2011 to top $1.25B

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says the cost of last year's flooding is expected to top $1.25 billion.

Infrastructure Minister Steve Ashton says disaster aid, payouts for damaged crops and other measures are still being tallied.

Ashton expects to recoup a few hundred million dollars from federal disaster programs.

He says disaster relief alone has totalled $289 million — about $53 million more than was paid out during the so-called flood of the century in 1997.

Ashton also says the province now recognizes there was artificial flooding downstream from the Shellmouth Dam — mostly on agricultural land — and there will be compensation for those affected.

Heavy rain last spring resulted in a deluge of water over a large swath of southern Manitoba which forced thousands of people from their homes.