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Floodwaters keep climbing

Floodwaters are held away from 18th Street North in Brandon, although Grand Valley Road has disappeared beneath the rising Assiniboine River.

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Floodwaters are held away from 18th Street North in Brandon, although Grand Valley Road has disappeared beneath the rising Assiniboine River. (TYLER STEPHENS / BRANDON SUN)

The Assiniboine River climbed to 1,182.12 feet above sea level at First Street in Brandon by noon Saturday. That's up about four inches from the 8 a.m. level but still below the 2011 peak of 1,182.89 feet.

Meanwhile, onlookers were flocking to the First Street Bridge, which has been closed to traffic. Mostly, they were being allowed down to the north side of the bridge for a view of the flooded street, where rapids have formed as the river rolls over First Street from Dinsdale Park to the Optimist Soccer Park.

But city staff — including city manager Scott Hildebrand — were keeping them well back from the water itself. Yesterday, some people were swimming in the flooded park, but today, the city said that police were ready to ticket people for trespassing.

Meanwhile, 18th Street remains open. Veterans Way and Highway 110 were to re-open at noon, with a single lane of traffic. 

At the City Hall briefing this morning, the city said they were confident that the dikes would be able to handle the expected crest in the river, which is forecast for today.

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