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Assiniboine continues to drop

As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

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As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

The Assiniboine River in Brandon is going down almost as quickly as it went up.

Nine days after its record crest, the Assiniboine has receded to a level of 1,178.1 feet above sea level, as measured in Brandon at First Street.

That's about five feet and one inch lower than the July 13 crest, at 1,183.16 feet. But it still has about six feet and one inch left to drop before it is considered below official flood stage.

For context, the river has dropped by the average height of a 12-year-old boy, but still has to drop the height of an average NHL player.

Meanwhile, water is beginning to uncoverer the damage done to First Street North, which was partly torn up by the flood.

"It is looking like one lane is in much worse condition than the other," Herb Mahood, the regional director with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, told the Sun on Monday. "We will likely open traffic with one lane each direction while finishing repairs as soon as the water is gone and it is deemed safe."

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation estimates that it will still be a couple of weeks until the water has gone down enough to do a proper inspection and begin repairs.

Mahood also said that First Street Bridge, previously assessed in dire condition, would have to be carefully looked at to make sure that the flooding hadn't further compromised it.

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