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Storm Watch Adds to Manitoba Flood Threat

April 29, 2011 4:07 PM | News

A marker measures the height of the Red River near St. Adolphe on April 23, 2011. (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

A winter storm moving into the Brandon area could rise water levels on the Assiniboine River this weekend.

Flood forecasters updated their latest projections Friday, warning 20 to 30 millimetres of rain could fall, mixed with strong winds.

In the Melita area, between 35 and 45 millimetres of precipitation is expected, which could result in overland flooding on Saturday.

Properties with flood-protection are advised to assess the need for additional reinforcements who are vulnerable to north winds that could stir up waves.

A number of lakes can also expect high winds on Saturday, including Lake Manitoba, Shoal Lakes, Lake St. Martin, Oak, Pelican, Rock and Dauphin lake, with wind gusts up to 40 to 70 km/h. Properties exposed to north winds may experience ice movement and pileup.

South of Winnipeg, Highway 75 between Morris and St. Jean Baptiste is expected to remain closed until mid-May, but will depend on the weather and how cleanup progresses.