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Sandbags and an earthen barrier line the eastbound lane of Veterans Way on Thursday afternoon. The high waters of the flooded Assiniboine River also caused sandbags to sprout up at the nearby Brandon Correctional Centre.
The province has received more than 300 applications from approximately 270 people for Disaster Financial Assistance as a result of the 2014 flood, according to a provincial press release issued Thursday.
"The first round of cheques have already been sent to affected property owners and municipalities dealing with the summer flood," yesterday’s release states.
Flood-damaged bridges in Westman are being temporarily repaired to maintain road access, while temporary piers are being put in place to underpin the bridges and allow traffic to flow in at least one lane.
The release states it’s important that weight restrictions, which in most places have been reduced to just 10 tonnes, are respected to help keep routes open.
Applications for DFA are available online at manitobaemo.ca.
Emergency Measure Organization temporary offices will be set up in Pierson in front of the RM of Edward office today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
EMO will be in Tilston, in front of the RM of Albert office, on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in St Lazare, across from the Club Fort Ellice Leisure Centre, on July 23 and 24 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development also issued a crop report earlier this week.
The extreme southwest region is still very wet as well as land near the Assiniboine River.
"Crop losses due to flooding and standing water are still being assessed," the report said.
Canola is flowering with fungicide sparying being done on most fields due to high risk of sclerotinia.
Limited haying has occurred and is being hampered by the wet conditions. However, haying is progressing in the more eastern and northern areas of the region.
"Producers are actively securing feed supplies for the upcoming winter," the crop report states. "Pastures are rated from poor to good condition.
"Livestock producers impacted by excessive moisture are moving livestock to drier areas. The Virden area reports pasture lost to flooding is in the range of 20 to 30 per cent."
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 18, 2014