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Second crest to be re-assessed

Water levels in St-Lazare continue to rise.

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Water levels in St-Lazare continue to rise.

As river levels in Brandon go slightly up and down — though down overall from Sunday's crest — provincial flood officials are keeping a wary eye on higher-than-expected levels upstream.

Water levels in Brandon dipped slightly after cresting on the weekend, but may go up again.

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Water levels in Brandon dipped slightly after cresting on the weekend, but may go up again.

Downstream, as the first crest moves through Portage la Prairie, crews are on standby for record-high flows on the Assiniboine River.

The crest is expected at Portage around 6 p.m. today, but the province said in a flood bulletin this morning that dikes have been fully prepared and they expect they will hold. Teams are monitoring potential trouble spots, but the province says a breach at the Hoop and Holler Bend is now considered unlikely.

After the first crest moves through, communities will have to brace for a second crest, however, with water being dumped into the Assiniboine from the Qu'Appelle River. Flows on both rivers near St-Lazare are increasing, and the province said that it expects water levels between the Shellmouth Reservoir and St-Laare to be higher than they were in 2011.

The forecast for a second crest at Brandon wil be reassessed, the province says, to take these flows into account. Previously, they had said they expected a second crest in Brandon around July 17 that would be somewhat lower than the first crest. It's not yet known what the reassessment will find.

Meanwhile, a mobile recovery office continues to visit communities in the southwest area of Manitoba, with staff who are available to answer questions and take applications for disaster financial assistance.

The office will be located in Elkhorn at 108 Richhill Ave. E today until 6 p.m. It will move to Melita after that for Thursday and Friday, where it will be located at the Melita and Area Arena at 108 Townsend Dr. and be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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