Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Editorial News
Multimedia
Classified Sites

Images from around the world chosen by the photo desk at the Brandon Sun.

  • 0 Comments

    29 Total Pictures

  • May 7, 2012

    IN PICTURES: The Flood of 1976

    In 1976, the Assiniboine River in Brandon rose to its highest-ever recorded level -- reaching a measurement of 1,179.5 feet. In mid-April of that year, the river reached a peak flow rate of more than 600 cubic metres of water every second. Here are some photos from that year, with original captions, where possible..

  • This aerial photograph, taken just west of the Trans-Canada Highway and looking east toward Brandon, shows the extent of flooding along Grand Valley.

    This aerial photograph, taken just west of the Trans-Canada Highway and looking east toward Brandon, shows the extent of flooding along Grand Valley.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 20, 1976)

  • Grand Valley Road, outside Brandon in April.

    Grand Valley Road, outside Brandon in April.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • Aerial photo shows flood waters on Eighteenth Street, near the Grand Valley Road.

    Aerial photo shows flood waters on Eighteenth Street, near the Grand Valley Road.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 20, 1976)

  • This appears to be looking east at the intersection of McGregor Avenue and 18th Street North (running left-right) with floodwaters lapping up against the Westbran yard, and the Circle 8 Drive-Inn restaurant in the upper-right.

    This appears to be looking east at the intersection of McGregor Avenue and 18th Street North (running left-right) with floodwaters lapping up against the Westbran yard, and the Circle 8 Drive-Inn restaurant in the upper-right.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • The historic swinging bridge at Souris was destroyed by ice floes carried along by the swollen river. About 75 troops from CFB Shilo joined in the battle against what was described as the worst flooding to hit Souris in recent history.

    The historic swinging bridge at Souris was destroyed by ice floes carried along by the swollen river. About 75 troops from CFB Shilo joined in the battle against what was described as the worst flooding to hit Souris in recent history.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 9, 1976)

  • Floodwaters in Westman. Location uncertain.

    Floodwaters in Westman. Location uncertain.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • An aerial shot of Brandon and the Assiniboine River during the flood of 1976.

    An aerial shot of Brandon and the Assiniboine River during the flood of 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • A flood fighter stands watch over the Souris River at Souris.

    A flood fighter stands watch over the Souris River at Souris.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 14, 1976)

  • Rest a while at Curran Park, says the sign. There was little rest on the weekend for work crews fighting to protect Brandon from the waters of the Assiniboine River. And while the billboard boasted of the swimming facilities at Curran Park, recreation was no doubt far from the minds of the wet and weary workmen in the photograph.

    Rest a while at Curran Park, says the sign. There was little rest on the weekend for work crews fighting to protect Brandon from the waters of the Assiniboine River. And while the billboard boasted of the swimming facilities at Curran Park, recreation was no doubt far from the minds of the wet and weary workmen in the photograph.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 17, 1976)

  • A line of trees marks the flooded-out Grand Valley Road.

    A line of trees marks the flooded-out Grand Valley Road.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • The town of Wawanesa was cut off by floodwaters in 1976. This aerial shot looks northeast at the fairgrounds, with Commercial Street on the right-hand side.

    The town of Wawanesa was cut off by floodwaters in 1976. This aerial shot looks northeast at the fairgrounds, with Commercial Street on the right-hand side.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • Trucks splash through a flooded 18th Street North, where it intersects with Kirkcaldy Drive and Grand Valley Road.

    Trucks splash through a flooded 18th Street North, where it intersects with Kirkcaldy Drive and Grand Valley Road.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • Grand Valley Road is flooded out where it would normally meet the Trans-Canada Highway.

    Grand Valley Road is flooded out where it would normally meet the Trans-Canada Highway.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • Souris residents struggle to contain the rapidly-rising waters of the Souris River. About 200 people worked around the clock, reinforcing dikes with sandbags in an effort to hold back the flood.

    Souris residents struggle to contain the rapidly-rising waters of the Souris River. About 200 people worked around the clock, reinforcing dikes with sandbags in an effort to hold back the flood.   (TruBrandon Sun archives, April 9, 1976)

  • The bridge on the approach road to Wawanesa is among a number washed out by flood waters.

    The bridge on the approach road to Wawanesa is among a number washed out by flood waters.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 21, 1976)

  • Grand Valley Road looking towards 18th Street.

    Grand Valley Road looking towards 18th Street.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 22, 1976)

  • Water being sucked into a culvert forms a large whirlpool one mile west of Souris at Highway 2.

    Water being sucked into a culvert forms a large whirlpool one mile west of Souris at Highway 2.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 22, 1976)

  • A partly-submerged truck in the Melita area outside the protection of the dike system along the Souris River.

    A partly-submerged truck in the Melita area outside the protection of the dike system along the Souris River.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 8, 1976)

  • The Assiniboine River flood, on April 22, 1976.

    The Assiniboine River flood, on April 22, 1976.   (From Winnipeg Tribune Archives / Debooy.)

  • Flood-fighting crews working at Highway 2, one mile west of Souris, place sandbags around a culvert carrying fast-flowing flood waters from nearby Plum Creek under the road.

    Flood-fighting crews working at Highway 2, one mile west of Souris, place sandbags around a culvert carrying fast-flowing flood waters from nearby Plum Creek under the road.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 22, 1976)

  • This aerial photograph shows the western approach to the village of Wawanesa, which was cut off by flood waters.

    This aerial photograph shows the western approach to the village of Wawanesa, which was cut off by flood waters.   (Brandon Sun archives, April 12, 1976)

  • An abandoned farm house caught in flood waters.

    An abandoned farm house caught in flood waters.   (Brandon Sun archives, 1976)

  • A lone tree stands in the flood waters along the river bank during the flood of 1976.

    A lone tree stands in the flood waters along the river bank during the flood of 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • The Brandon Humane Society, at its previous location in Eleanor Kidd Park, during the 1976 flood.

    The Brandon Humane Society, at its previous location in Eleanor Kidd Park, during the 1976 flood.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • Volunteers prepare sand bags in the Waskada area in 1976.

    Volunteers prepare sand bags in the Waskada area in 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • A water-logged section of Highway 34 during the flood of 1976.

    A water-logged section of Highway 34 during the flood of 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • The Wheat City Golf Course under water during the 1976 flood.

    The Wheat City Golf Course under water during the 1976 flood.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • Crews at work building up dikes on MacDonald Avenue on April 15, 1976.

    Crews at work building up dikes on MacDonald Avenue on April 15, 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives)

  • Eleanor Kidd Park, during the flood of 1976.

    Eleanor Kidd Park, during the flood of 1976.   (Brandon Sun archives)

0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

The comment period for this story has ended.