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City expects to be able to handle second crest

A dike along 18th Street North at Grand Valley Road holds back the Assiniboine River floodwaters last Sunday, during the first crest. Another crest is expected this weekend, slightly higher than the first.

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A dike along 18th Street North at Grand Valley Road holds back the Assiniboine River floodwaters last Sunday, during the first crest. Another crest is expected this weekend, slightly higher than the first.

A second crest of the Assiniboine River should be well within the city's capabilities to handle, despite it being higher than the first one, and close to 2011 levels.

City emergency coordinator Brian Kayes said that the city expects the second crest to be just a couple of inches higher than the first crest.

Assiniboine levels

  • Last weekend crest: 1,182.7 ft
  • This morning: 1,182.1 ft
  • This afternoon: 1,182.3 ft
  • Expected this weekend: 1,182.7-1,182.9 ft
  • 2011 crest: 1,182.9 ft

Provincial forecasters said earlier today that the crest would be close to 2011 levels, but under. Brandon's dikes and flood protection are built to handle two feet higher than 2011 levels. If they do need to reinforce dikes, Brandon police are ready to help out with traffic diversions on 18th Street North.

The city is still girding for a substantial amount of water — which could be compounded by possible storms tonight.

To help out, the city is asking residents to check catch basins near their homes, and to clear them of gravel, twigs or debris that might be clogging them.

The city did have trouble with one leaky manhole, near the Manitoba Hydro generating station in the east end. However, that is now under control.

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