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Assiniboine levels ‘creeping back up’

Passersby look at the portion of First Street North covered by floodwaters of the Assiniboine River on Sunday night. The bridge has since been closed to onlookers.

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Passersby look at the portion of First Street North covered by floodwaters of the Assiniboine River on Sunday night. The bridge has since been closed to onlookers. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)

The Assiniboine River in Brandon is beginning to rise again, as a second crest is expecter to be earlier — and higher — than originally thought.

The city said today that, at 8 a.m., the water level was measured at 1,182.1 feet about sea level. That's up about 3½ inches from yesterday.

"River level is slowly creeping back up as we ready for a second crest," the city tweeted.

Provincial forecasters revised their predictions of a second crest yesterday, taking into account higher-than-expected water levels pouring into the Assiniboine upstream from the Qu'Appelle River, near St-Lazare.

Now, the province says that the second crest will be hitting Brandon around July 12–14, at a level that is similar or just shy of the level reached last Sunday, July 6, when it reached 1,182.7 feet.

The second crest is expected to last for a couple of days.

That's several days earlier and little bit higher than the province had estimated on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the city spent a few hours shoring up the dikes along 18th Street North at Grand Valley Road yesterday afternoon.

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