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BRANDON — Brandon has declared a state of emergency to deal with rising water in a south end pond — but there’s no property damage from flooding yet.

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said a water retention pond south of Crocus Plains High School was about to breach its banks, threatening 700 homes in south Brandon, the Brandon Sun reports.

The state of emergency gives the civic government the right to go onto private property without permission, and do whatever work is necessary to mitigate the effects of flooding. It was required to allow city workers to drain the rising pond into nearby bushland.

"We needed to start pumping to take it back down within its banks and to do that, we were going to have to drain on to some natural habitat," Decter Hirst said. "We couldn’t secure permission from the landowner so we declared a state of emergency to save the residences."

As of 7 p.m., the Assiniboine River remained below official flood level of 357.23 metres by about 10 centimetres. It is expected to crest between April 22 and 28.

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