July 15, 2014 2:47 pm

Assiniboine River cresting west of Winnipeg, expected to stay high

The Assiniboine River is cresting west of Winnipeg.

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WINNIPEG – Water is high on the Assiniboine River west of Winnipeg as a second peak of floodwater makes its way through Manitoba.

The river is cresting and will remain high for at least 24 hours before the water starts to recede, provincial flood officials said Tuesday

Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg are still very high, Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton said, but the high winds that have caused significant waves and flooding along the shoreline are dropping.

Ashton said he knows people on Lake Manitoba are anxious, but flooding in the region is not as bad as it was in 2011.

Floodwater coming from Saskatchewan recently prompted Manitoba to declare a state of emergency and call in the military in preparation for the crest.

READ MORE: What’s to blame for Manitoba flood? Loss of wetlands, for one

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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