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First St. awash in damage

As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have been washed away, as seen on Monday.

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As the Assiniboine River recedes, it reveals damage has been done to First Street, where portions of the shoulder asphalt have been washed away, as seen on Monday.

As the water goes down, the damage to First Street North is slowly being revealed.

The rapid flowing water lifted large portions of pavement from the northbound lanes, but other sections are still under water.

"It is looking like one lane is in much worse condition than the other," said Herb Mahood, regional director with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation. "We will likely open traffic with one lane each direction while finishing repairs as soon as the water is gone and it is deemed safe."

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation estimates that it will still be a couple of weeks until the water has gone down enough to do a proper inspection and begin repairs.

Water still covers much of the southbound lanes.

"It is too early to tell the cost of repairs," Mahood said. "But relative to the overall damage in the southwest corner (of the province), this is small."

He also stressed the importance of a full assessment of the First Street bridge. This year’s peak, which exceeded the former 2011 record, could have damaged the structure.

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 Sunday night.

The reading at 1 p.m. Monday showed the river dropping to 1,178.5 feet above sea level.

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

The city closed First Street North on the morning of July 4, following a plan devised after the flood of 2011 that saw officials 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, the same measurement seen at 1 p.m. Monday.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 22, 2014

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