April 22, 2014 6:03 pm

Flood concerns easing in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Flooding concerns are easing in Winnipeg but there are still worries in other parts of Manitoba.

The provincial government says the Red River has crested in Winnipeg, where a handful of homes were protected as a precaution, and the water is slowly receding.

Barring a severe rainstorm, officials do not expect to operate the Red River Floodway, which diverts water around the city.

Downstream near Selkirk, an ice jam contributed to high water levels and the closure of one rural road, but the province says the ice jam continues to move.

A flood watch has been issued for the upper Assiniboine River between the Shellmouth Dam and Brandon.

The province says some low-lying land adjacent to the river may be flooded, but the water in Brandon will remain well below dikes and other structures.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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