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Flood threat in Brandon continues to ease

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: July 8, 2020 09:07

Mayor Rick Chrest & Emergency Coordinator Brian Kayes provided update on YouTube

Image: Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest - YouTube

The City of Brandon remains on active alert to respond to any potential flash flooding upstream in the Assiniboine River Valley.

Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest & City of Brandon Emergency Coordinator Brian Kayes provided an update into the flood situation upstream on the city's YouTube channel on Tuesday, July 7th - the link is available below.

Also yesterday, provincial officials reported the water level on the Rivers Reservoir had dropped a half foot from Monday, however, the water level at the reservoir is still higher than the spillway and remains at historically high levels. The level of the Rivers Reservoir is decreasing at a slower rate than that of the Assiniboine River, likely due to additional rain and run-off coming into the system from upstream. Officials say the Little Saskatchewan River continues to be at flood stage.

Provincial officials also report that the Minnedosa Dam and Rivers Dam remain stable at this time and are being monitored 24/7.

As of Tuesday morning, the Assiniboine River level in Brandon was measured at First Street at 1,169.97 feet above sea level – this is below flood stage in Brandon. City officials remain confident that Brandon’s dike system is sufficiently high and rugged enough to contain any potential surge of water caused by flash flooding, but with a great measure of caution are encouraging all residents & businesses who received evacuation preparation notices last week to remain vigilant and be ready to evacuate on short notice should such an order be given. 

There's more information on Brandon's preparedness process on the city's website - a link can be found below.

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