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Waters to recede soon

A white-tailed deer steps through a flooded field near Brandon past a pair of mallard ducks while foraging on Sunday afternoon.

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A white-tailed deer steps through a flooded field near Brandon past a pair of mallard ducks while foraging on Sunday afternoon.

BRANDON -- The Assiniboine River will continue to remain near crest level in the Brandon region for another day before beginning to recede.

The crest came Saturday morning slightly higher than forecast, setting a new record for the highest it has been measured in Brandon.

The official crest measured 1,183.07 above sea level at 9 a.m. Saturday, higher than levels recorded in 2011, said the province's daily flood bulletin.

In 2011, the river crested at a level of 1,182.89 feet, as measured at First Street. The records began in the early 1900s, but some estimates put the Great Flood of 1882 at about 1,185.5 feet above sea level.

Brandon's dike system is built to a height of 1,184.5 feet.

The City of Brandon continues to monitor the dikes 24 hours per day.

"Existing flood protection in Brandon continues to be adequate for the flows of the second crest," said Manitoba flood forecaster Steve Topping. "Peak flows are expected to last a day or two before beginning to slowly recede."

The Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization will set up the mobile recovery unit in Brandon this week to help individuals needing to apply for disaster financial assistance. It will be on the Keystone Centre grounds Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

-- Brandon Sun

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