Controlled Breach Closed at Hoop and Holler Bend

By Sarah Klein

Crews pour limestone into the hole created by the deliberate breach at Hoop and Holler Bend on Friday, May 20, 2011. (GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA)

The Manitoba government began closing the controlled release point at the Hoop and Holler Bend Friday afternoon.

Crews created the man-made breach on Saturday to relieve pressure from the swollen Assiniboine River on the Portage Diversion.

River levels have dropped since the release was made, but will continue to remain high for several more days.

Flood officials say the closure might not be permanent. If high flows continue and cause concerns with Assiniboine River dikes and the Portage Diversion, the breach point may have to be opened again.

Residents closest to the area of the breach southeast of Portage la Prairie are still out of their homes. Those who haven’t seen any water on their properties are permitted to return home.

The mandatory evacuation for residents near the Portage Diversion structures remains in place.