Manitoba braces for second crest of the Assiniboine River
The province continues to monitor the flood situation in Manitoba, as communities brace for a second surge of high water.
The second crest of the Assiniboine River arrived in Brandon at 9 Saturday morning, with flows at 38870 CFS. That is 0.7 feet higher than originally expected.
The province says the water level numbers are in from Brandon, and they are in fact record setting levels, as the river exceeded that of the 2011 flood. The province’s Steve Topping says all flood infrastructure has managed to hold up against the water and there have been no signs of a breach.
As the second crest approaches downstream, the province is forecasting the Portage Diversion will take on water levels up to 38000 cfs.
High winds in the forecast Saturday also had communities near Lake Manitoba on high alert. There is added fear the wind will push water over dikes. The province has an arsenal of sand bags in case of an emergency.
The hoop and holler bend remains ready to be used at any point, should an urgent situation occur.
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