Soaked fields and soggy parks may make this hard to believe, but the Assiniboine River in Brandon is no longer at official flood stage.
The river is automatically measured once an hour at the First Street Bridge, and finally sank below the official flood level of 357.23 metres above sea level sometime late Sunday night.
Water from the river begins to affect low-lying parklands in Brandon at a level of about 356.92 metres, and even at that height, the Assiniboine would be brimming at the banks. As well, pooled water in flooded area may linger for quite some time before it dries.
This year, the river first hit flood stage on April 22 and it crested at about 358.65 metres in mid-May, fluctuating around that level for about a week.
According to city data, the Assiniboine marked its all-time low level just this past winter, on Dec. 23, 2013, when it dropped to a reported 353.08 metres — lower than the previous record low of 354.18 metres set in 1961.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 10, 2014