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River keeps dipping

What goes up, must come down — and that apparently means rivers.

The Assiniboine River in Brandon is beginning its slide back to more normal levels, after a double-peaked crest earlier this month.

City workers measured the water height as 1,181.6 feet above sea level on Wednesday morning. That's down about nine inches from the morning before and down a total of a foot and a half since its highest crest on the weekend.

But it still has a way to go – the city was forced to close First Street North when river levels reached about 1,179 feet and the top of the river's banks is about 1,172 feet.

That's right, the Assinboine is still about nine feet over its banks.

After receding waters expose First Street again, provincial engineers will have to assess the roadway to ensure it is safe before it can be re-opened to traffic.

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