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Brandon Preparing for Rise in Assiniboine River Levels

July 2, 2014 1:45 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Flood Area Sign

(Flood area sign via Shutterstock)

Brandon is bracing for a rise in water levels on the Assiniboine River in the coming days after flows arrive from Saskatchewan.

Of the 251mm of rain the Wheat City received during the month of June, 138mm fell between June 27-30.

“We have had overland flooding issues in several parts of the city, including along Park Avenue East, at the City of Brandon Wastewater Treatment Facility, over the main access road to the Brandon Municipal Airport, and many other areas,” officials said in a statement.

The city remains under a state of local emergency with dozens of other Manitoba municipalities after the weekend’s relentless rain.

Brandon has 1,500 sandbags prepared and is making an additional 5,000, with 10,000 empty bags coming from Winnipeg. At this time, the call for volunteers hasn’t been made.

A general public enquiry line has been set up at (204) 729-2186.