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Second river crest sets record

Water covers farm land bordering Grand Valley Road on Sunday afternoon. The farm land that borders the south side of Grand Valley Road from 18th Street to the Trans Canada Highway is almost completely under water from the engorged Assiniboine River.

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Water covers farm land bordering Grand Valley Road on Sunday afternoon. The farm land that borders the south side of Grand Valley Road from 18th Street to the Trans Canada Highway is almost completely under water from the engorged Assiniboine River.

The Assiniboine River will continue to remain near crest level for another day before beginning to recede.

Workers inspect the dike crossing Grand Valley Road at 18th Street on Sunday afternoon. The second crest from the Assiniboine River passed through Brandon over the weekend.

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Workers inspect the dike crossing Grand Valley Road at 18th Street on Sunday afternoon. The second crest from the Assiniboine River passed through Brandon over the weekend.

A group of ducks rush past a lamp post with the quick current at Eleanor Kidd Park in Brandon on Sunday afternoon. The second crest of the Assiniboine River passed through Brandon over the weekend.

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A group of ducks rush past a lamp post with the quick current at Eleanor Kidd Park in Brandon on Sunday afternoon. The second crest of the Assiniboine River passed through Brandon over the weekend.

The crest came Saturday morning, slightly higher than forecasted and setting a record for the highest measured in Brandon.

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

The river rose again slightly during the afternoon storm on Saturday, but quickly receded.

The City of Brandon continues to monitor the dikes day and night to ensure they are holding.

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

In 2011, the river crested at a level of 1,182.89 feet, as measured at First Street — the highest ever recorded. 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, under the height estimated for the Great Flood of 1882.

The dikes leave about a foot and a half of freeboard for the current peak levels. Crews had been at work levelling the top of the dikes to ensure the full amount of freeboard existed along the entire length.

This was needed on Saturday when wind gusts were causing waves.

The City of Brandon tweeted in the afternoon that although the weather delayed the river reading, it did not affect the dikes.

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization will be setting 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. until 6 p.m.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 14, 2014

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The crest came Saturday morning, slightly higher than forecasted and setting a record for the highest measured in Brandon.

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