By Scott Greenlay
Alfred “Alf” Warkentin, known to many, as the trusted flood forecaster, passed away on June 14, 2019, at age 77 after losing his battle with Cancer. I had the honour of working with Alf for a brief time when our careers crossed at Manitoba Natural Resources. I remember Alf as a man with a sense of humour who took his job very seriously.
In 1970, Alf became Manitoba’s first Flood Forecaster and worked tirelessly for decades to help Manitobans understand and protect themselves from floods. Alf had a strong work ethic and dedication to his work. He often worked early mornings, late evenings and weekends – sacrificing time with his family so that he could help Manitobans through his reliable forecasts. Often working with outdated equipment, limited budget and staff resources, Alf worked to predict the impact of the unpredictable – frost levels, snow melts, river flows…
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