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River to crest in Brandon higher than before

A lane in the southbound portion of 18th Street is blocked off to make way for extra earth-moving equipment to be unloaded at the corner of Kirkcaldy Drive on Wednesday afternoon to help bolster the dike that has blocked off access to Grand Valley Road.

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A lane in the southbound portion of 18th Street is blocked off to make way for extra earth-moving equipment to be unloaded at the corner of Kirkcaldy Drive on Wednesday afternoon to help bolster the dike that has blocked off access to Grand Valley Road. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)

The Assiniboine River should crest in Brandon this weekend at a level slightly higher than the previous crest, last weekend.

The province said at noon today that the river levels were expected to reach higher than the July 6 crest, but stay below the levels reached in 2011. That means the river could be anywhere from 1,182.7 feet above sea level to 1,182.9 feet during the crest, expected July 12-14.

That is seven to 10 inches higher than the level measured this morning, and the river is expected to stay high for several days.

In terms of volume, the province says that there is currently 33,440 cubic feet per second of Assiniboine water currently flowing through Brandon. That's enough to fill the Sportsplex pool 45 times every minute.

Meanwhile, the river has crested in St-Lazare above 2011 levels, but well below the levels of the ring dike. However, nine homes outside the dike were affected by flooding or seepage, including three that were damaged by floodwaters.

The city of Brandon is expected to update its flood-fighting measures with a press conference at 3 p.m.

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