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Some damage on First Street North

As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

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As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

Although it has dropped dramatically in the past week, the water levels of the Assiniboine River held steady last night.

As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

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As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals some damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have clearly been washed away, as seen Monday morning, July 21, 2014. (GRANT HAMILTON / BRANDON SUN)

The city of Brandon says that the river level was measured Monday morning at 1,178.7 feet above sea level. That's down three inches from the morning before, but is the same level that was measured last night.

All told, the river has dropped 4¼ feet since its second, record peak on July 13.

Now, though, as the water pulls back, some of the damage is being revealed.

On First Street North, which is still closed, and still partly underwater, the dropping water shows that portions of asphalt have been torn away. On the northbound lanes, water has stopped rushing across, but there are still several inches to drain before it is fully exposed.

Already, however, it's clear that the east-most shoulder has been badly eroded for about 100 metres.

Water still covers much of the southbound lanes.

The city closed First Street North on the morning of July 4, following a plan devised after the flood of 2011 that saw them concentrate on protecting 18th Street North and Highway 110.

When the road was closed, the river level was measured at about 1,178.5 feet above sea level, meaning it has two to three inches yet to drop before the rest of the roadbed is exposed.

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