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  • May 7, 2012

    IN PICTURES: The Flood of 2011

    Dikes were built up by two full feet in preparation for this flood, which was feared could be three feet higher than the record-setting 1976 flood.

  • In early March, Melita Mayor Bob Walker stands on a dike raised by the province in 2009 at a cost of $500,000, with the Souris River in the background. He expects his town to be safe but said he's never seen the river this high at this time of year.

    In early March, Melita Mayor Bob Walker stands on a dike raised by the province in 2009 at a cost of $500,000, with the Souris River in the background. He expects his town to be safe but said he's never seen the river this high at this time of year.   (Bartley Kives / Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Work on the dike on the north side of the Assiniboine River at the Riverbank Discovery Centre was being done on March 1.

    Work on the dike on the north side of the Assiniboine River at the Riverbank Discovery Centre was being done on March 1.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Ice on the Assiniboine River had began to break-up near the Dinsdale Dam by March 21.

    Ice on the Assiniboine River had began to break-up near the Dinsdale Dam by March 21.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • The beginnings of spring break-up of the ice on the Assiniboine River in Brandon was visible from the First Street bridge on March 22.

    The beginnings of spring break-up of the ice on the Assiniboine River in Brandon was visible from the First Street bridge on March 22.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

    Flooding hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette on April 13.

  • Flooding has hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette.

    Flooding has hit hard in the lakeside community of Ninette.

  • Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.

    Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.   (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

  • Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.

    Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.   (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

  • A sheep scampers across a muddy lane at a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis struggling against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.

    A sheep scampers across a muddy lane at a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis struggling against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.   (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

  • Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.

    Volunteers work to place sandbags around a home in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis to protect against rising river levels, Tuesday afternoon.   (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

  •  Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.

    Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.

    Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.

    Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.

    Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.

    Water levels on the Assiniboine River has forced the river to spill its banks following an ice jam downstream near Spruce Woods Provincial Park over the weekend.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Flooding from the Assiniboine River turns farmland just east of Highway 250 into a large lake on Friday. Ice jams can be seen along the river.

    Flooding from the Assiniboine River turns farmland just east of Highway 250 into a large lake on Friday. Ice jams can be seen along the river.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  •  Farm equipment is surrounded by overland flooding at Souris on Friday.

    Farm equipment is surrounded by overland flooding at Souris on Friday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • The ice covered Assiniboine River that has flooded its banks into surrounding fields and parks is seen west of the intersection of 18th St. and Grand Valley Rd. (bottom section) on Friday. The flooding has extended to Grand Valley Rd. at 18th St. but would still have to rise quite a bit to flood the road.

    The ice covered Assiniboine River that has flooded its banks into surrounding fields and parks is seen west of the intersection of 18th St. and Grand Valley Rd. (bottom section) on Friday. The flooding has extended to Grand Valley Rd. at 18th St. but would still have to rise quite a bit to flood the road.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  •  Large pools of water from overland flooding dot the landscape north of Souris on Friday.

    Large pools of water from overland flooding dot the landscape north of Souris on Friday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Colin Blyth of Brandon is framed by pallets of sandbags as he surveys the Souris River level at the edge of the Wawanesa School parking lot in Wawanesa with friend Mike Farquhar (not shown) on Monday. Blyth and Farquhar are kayakers and were scouting out areas to kayak when the river levels drop. A dike has been built around the Wawanesa school to protect it from flooding.

    Colin Blyth of Brandon is framed by pallets of sandbags as he surveys the Souris River level at the edge of the Wawanesa School parking lot in Wawanesa with friend Mike Farquhar (not shown) on Monday. Blyth and Farquhar are kayakers and were scouting out areas to kayak when the river levels drop. A dike has been built around the Wawanesa school to protect it from flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Water from the Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.

    Water from the Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • A Hesco bastion lines Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine river in Spruce Woods Provincial Park as workers battle the floodwaters of the swollen Assinibone on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    A Hesco bastion lines Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine river in Spruce Woods Provincial Park as workers battle the floodwaters of the swollen Assinibone on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Water from the swollen Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.

    Water from the swollen Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • A Hesco bastion lines Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine river in Spruce Woods Provincial Park as workers battle the floodwaters of the swollen Assinibone on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    A Hesco bastion lines Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine river in Spruce Woods Provincial Park as workers battle the floodwaters of the swollen Assinibone on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Pallets of sandbags sit in the parking lot Wawanesa School in Wawanesa at the edge of a dike built around the school to protect it from flooding from the Souris river.

    Pallets of sandbags sit in the parking lot Wawanesa School in Wawanesa at the edge of a dike built around the school to protect it from flooding from the Souris river.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Pallets of sandbags sit in the parking lot Wawanesa School in Wawanesa at the edge of a dike built around the school to protect it from flooding from the Souris river.

    Pallets of sandbags sit in the parking lot Wawanesa School in Wawanesa at the edge of a dike built around the school to protect it from flooding from the Souris river.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dyke along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dyke along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Water from the Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.

    Water from the Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Onlookers watch as water from the swollen Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.

    Onlookers watch as water from the swollen Souris River rages over the dam in Wawanesa on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5  just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5  just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Sandbags create a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5  just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.

    Workers use machinery to pump flood waters back into the Assiniboine River at the edge of the campground road and Highway 5 just north of the Seton bridge over the Assiniboine in Spruce Woods Provincial Park on Monday. Highway 5 is closed between Glenboro and Carberry due to the work being done to deal with the flooding.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.

    Provincial Parks workers open a control gate along a line of sandbags creating a dike along the campground road in Spruce Woods Provincial Park at the edge of the swollen Assiniboine River on Monday. Workers were busy on Monday fighting the floodwaters at the Seton Bridge where Highway 5 crosses the Assiniboine in the park.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.

    Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.

    Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.

    Campers sit parked on what little dry land remains at Turtle Crossing campground as flood waters from the swollen Assiniboine River envelop the rest of the campground on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • The swollen Assiniboine River envelops much of the Grand Valley leading towards 18th Street.

    The swollen Assiniboine River envelops much of the Grand Valley leading towards 18th Street.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • The dike at 18th Street and Grand Valley Road is seen from the air on Monday after a second line of super sandbags was built to reinforce the dike.

    The dike at 18th Street and Grand Valley Road is seen from the air on Monday after a second line of super sandbags was built to reinforce the dike.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Pockets of water dot the landscape north of Souris on Monday.

    Pockets of water dot the landscape north of Souris on Monday.   (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

  • Firefighters with Manitoba Conservation have been brought in by the province to help with the efforts to top up the southern dike near the Co-op Feed elevator on Tuesday morning.

    Firefighters with Manitoba Conservation have been brought in by the province to help with the efforts to top up the southern dike near the Co-op Feed elevator on Tuesday morning.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • Conrad Winters wraps a sheet of plastic over the top of a sandbag ring-dike protecting his uncle's home along Grand Valley Road on Tuesday morning.

    Conrad Winters wraps a sheet of plastic over the top of a sandbag ring-dike protecting his uncle's home along Grand Valley Road on Tuesday morning.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • With the exception of two stores, all the businesses in the Corral Centre have closed their doors on Tuesday.

    With the exception of two stores, all the businesses in the Corral Centre have closed their doors on Tuesday.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • City crews, along with firefighters with Manitoba Conservation, work at topping up the the southern dike with Aqua Dams in preparation of the crest on the Assiniboine River on Tuesday.

    City crews, along with firefighters with Manitoba Conservation, work at topping up the the southern dike with Aqua Dams in preparation of the crest on the Assiniboine River on Tuesday.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • The swollen Assiniboine River covers the valley floor consuming the bridge on Highway 250 west of Brandon on Tuesday.

    The swollen Assiniboine River covers the valley floor consuming the bridge on Highway 250 west of Brandon on Tuesday.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

  • A wall of super sandbags for a barrier ahead Montana's Cookhouse in the Corral Centre on Tuesday in preparation of breach in the main dike along 18th Street North.

    A wall of super sandbags for a barrier ahead Montana's Cookhouse in the Corral Centre on Tuesday in preparation of breach in the main dike along 18th Street North.   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

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