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RCMP advise against visiting Portage Diversion

Heavy rains in western Manitoba and Saskatchewan recently have raised the level of the Assiniboine River, causing it to overflow its banks, flooding roads and farmers' fields. Aerial photo of bridge over the  Portage diversion dam just west of town where water is diverted north to Lake Manitoba.

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Heavy rains in western Manitoba and Saskatchewan recently have raised the level of the Assiniboine River, causing it to overflow its banks, flooding roads and farmers' fields. Aerial photo of bridge over the Portage diversion dam just west of town where water is diverted north to Lake Manitoba.

RCMP are asking the public to stay away from the Portage Diversion.

In a release, RCMP said they have been encountering people, particularly on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Portage la Prairie, who have been stopping their vehicles to take photos of the diversion. Those people are creating hazards for traffic and emergency crews working in the area, the release stated.

The public has also been cautioned not to exit their vehicles in the area, and to slow down while driving, as reduced speed limits have been posted.

The Portage Diversion has been operating at nearly full capacity over the last few days, channeling water out of the Assiniboine River and into Lake Manitoba in an attempt to lessen the impact of flooding in the area.

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