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City closes riverside recreational areas

Low-level flooding alongside the Assiniboine River has prompted the city of Brandon to close off portions of its park and trail system as a precautionary measure.

Rising water is anticipated along the Assiniboine as spring-swollen tributaries and weekend rain continue to drain into the river near Brandon.

The river's level, measured at First Street, was fairly stable Friday at about 357.5 metres above seas level. That's about 30 centimetres above what the city considers to be an official flood, but it's expected that the river could rise another 40–90 cm before it crests and begins to recede.

That's about the same crest as last year.

Closed to the public are Dinsdale, Queen Elizabeth and Eleanor Kidd parks, as well as both the north and south access to the Kirkcaldy Drive walking and biking path. The city also said that the trail system and pedestrian bridge at the Riverbank Discovery Centre is closed, although the bridge itself and its south access have been technically closed since the flood of 2011.

The city and its emergency response team plans to maintain a flood-protection level of at least 358.5 metres and will continue to monitor flood forecasts and river conditions.

People are urged to avoid the Assiniboine River and all floodwaters.

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