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City preps for 2011-like levels

City officials say they preparing for another six feet of rising water on the Assiniboine River.

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City officials say they preparing for another six feet of rising water on the Assiniboine River.

The Assiniboine River in Brandon has gone up half a foot in the past day, and is expected to soar six more feet by this time next week.

The projected peak is Friday, July 11, at which time the city anticipates a river level of 1,182.6 feet above sea level — that's about four inches below the peak level in 2011.

However, in yesterday's flood forecast, the province said that Assiniboine levels in Brandon could reach 1,183.3 feet, which would be higher than 2011, although still below the levels of the dikes.

The city has already filled in the dike at 18th Street and Kirkcaldy Drive, and will also be filling in the dike to block off Conservation Drive. Over the next two days, crews will be working to close Grand Valley Road as well.

About 20 problematic manholes have also been blocked, and nearly two dozen pumps have arrived in Brandon and will be set up by the weekend.

Although the city hopes to keep Kirkcaldy Drive open, they are planning to take down a section of fence behind the Corral Centre on Cater Drive, in case it is needed for traffic to access the North Hill.

Measures have been taken by the city to protect the city's water and wastewater treatment plants, and park crews continue tree clean-up following last weekend's storm.

Meanwhile, overland flooding on Victoria Avenue East has receeded, and the city is mobilizing equipment to re-open it. Highway 110 re-opened late yesterday.

The city says that people who have had issues with flooding in the past should take precautions and move valuables out of their basements or off the floor. There are no plans to evacuate people at this time, but the city says they're a preparing a precautionary plan and will share it with residents north and south of the river.

Police and firefighters have made arrangements for secondary locations north of the river; police are also patrolling to keep sightseers from out of the closed parks. The police also say that boating on the river should be avoided.

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