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Assiniboine keeps dropping

There's still nearly two feet of water on First Street North, but the Assiniboine River is dropping.

It's now just under the 1,181-foot mark, with water height measured this morning at 1,180.9 feet above sea level.

Those levels are measured four times a day by the city at the First Street bridge.

Just north of there, water continues to pour over the road, which was flooded when the river rose past 1,179 feet.

Once the water recedes enough, provincial engineers will have to assess the condition of First Street before it can re-opened. It's hoped that letting the street flood will actually have helped prevent some damage, compared to the seepage and hydraulic pressure that built up behind super sandbag dikes in 2011.

Meanwhile, the river is still higher than at any time in the 20th century, and it will have to drop another six inches before it is lower than the level recorded in 1904. When it drops another six inches lower than that, it will be lower than it was in 1923. Still another six inches lower and it will drop below the 1976 mark. Then, a full foot past that, it will sink to the peak level recorded in 1995.

The Assiniboine is considered to be flooded anytime it rises past 1,172 feet. That means the river is still engorged by nearly nine feet of flooding.

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