TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
Floodwater from the swollen Assiniboine River begins to overlap a portion of Grand Valley Road just west of 18th Street in Brandon on Sunday afternoon.
As long as Westman doesn’t see heavy rainfall in the coming days, the worst of the spring flooding is largely behind us.
As of late Sunday morning, the river was at 1176.2 feet according to the city’s data and Brian Kayes, the city’s director of risk and emergency management, said yesterday it’s going to fluctuate at that level.
"It’s certainly well within the range we’re prepared to manage, so it’s not an issue," he said.
The river was expected to crest over the weekend, but it the city won’t be sure until levels start dropping off.
While water began encroaching on Grand Valley Road after showers overnight Saturday, Kayes said the city is working with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation to decide if or when the road will be closed off to traffic.
Right now, drivers are advised to drive slow due to flooding.
"The only time it would be an issue is if we had a regional thunderstorm in a fairly wide area," he said. "Even a localized downpour wouldn’t necessarily cause a great deal of problem, but if a large system that developed in the Assiniboine River basin, then that could be more problematic.
"We’re just continuing to monitor things, keep our eye on it."
But the weekend’s rain isn’t a concern and according to Environment Canada, there’s a 40 per cent chance of showers today and then sunny skies for the rest of the week.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 12, 2014