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Headlingley ready for floodwaters

RM of Headingley mayor Wilf Taillieu is confident that the municipality is prepared for the Assiniboine River to crest likely late on Tuesday or early Wednesday.

"Headingley is ready," he said on the morning of July 7.

Ten properties located next to the river were sandbagged over the weekend, and Taillieu said municipal staff are keeping watch on a few others.

He said the municipality is prepared to meet flows of up to 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The provincial government was forecasting a peak of 18,000 cfs late last week when a provincial state of emergency was declared. However, the forecasted maximum flow keeps changing, and will be lessened if the provincial government will be diverted through a cut in the Hoop and Holler bend.

Taillieu said the municipality’s experiences in the 2011 flood gave the knowledge of where exactly the most at-risk areas are located so they could sandbag more effectively.

They also have flood tubes on hand to be used if needed.

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