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Surplus flood-protection money coming to Brandon

Some of the cash left over from the Red River Floodway expansion will be diverted to Brandon for flood-protection efforts here.

The province said today that $27 million will be used to enhance existing flood infrastructure in Brandon, but projects details haven't yet been confirmed. About $22 million of that had already been pledged by the province, for ongoing dike work.

Another seven rural communities will share nearly $15 million to convert temporary flood protection into permanent infrastructure.

The money is surplus from the Red River Floodway expansion, which more than doubled its capacity, upgrading that floodway from a 1-in-90 year level of flood protection to a 1-in-700 year level.

The cost of that expansion was budgeted at $665 million, which was split 50/50 between the province and the federal government. However, new numbers show that it came in about $38 million under budget.

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