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River keeps rising, could crest today

City workers get ready to launch an acoustic doppler profiler on the Assiniboine River in Brandon early Saturday morning, July 12. The device measures the height of the river.

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City workers get ready to launch an acoustic doppler profiler on the Assiniboine River in Brandon early Saturday morning, July 12. The device measures the height of the river.

The Assiniboine River is higher now than it's ever been measured before in Brandon.

After rising through 2011's mark Friday night, the city said that the water height was 1,182.99 feet above sea level at noon on Saturday.

That's a slight decline from the morning's height, of 1,183.07 feet at 7:30 a.m., which may mark the cresting of the river. Officially, flood forecasters expected a crest either today or tomorrow. 

In 2011, the river crested at a level of 1,182.89 feet, as measured at First Street. That's the highest that it has ever been recorded at, since records began in the early 1900s, although some estimates put the level of the Great Flood of 1882 at about 1,185.5 feet.

Brandon's dike systems are built to a height of 1,184.5 feet, giving about a foot and a half of freeboard. City crews are busy leveling the tops of dikes to ensure the full amount exists along their entire length.

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