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Dikes holding, but voluntary evacuations at Delta Beach

The Assiniboine Rivers dikes are holding and the weekend's rain storm didn't cause any new flooding, but high winds have forced officials to issue a voluntary evacuation order for 30 homes at Delta Beach.

The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie issued the order after north wind pushed water between homes and flooded the access road. There are no reports of flooded homes but eastern access is limited. Waves have washed away sandbag dikes in some areas, the province said in Monday afternoon's daily flood bulletin.

Tractors bring super sandbags to cottages on Lake Manitoba at Delta Beach Monday. Heavy winds have seen the Lake Manitoba create high waves that are pounding at the shoreline.

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Tractors bring super sandbags to cottages on Lake Manitoba at Delta Beach Monday. Heavy winds have seen the Lake Manitoba create high waves that are pounding at the shoreline.

With the flood battle increasingly focused on the high waters of Lake Manitoba, sandbagging around farms, residences, cottages and communities continued Monday. Roughly 100 members of the military aided sandbagging.

Meanwhile, the dikes along the Assiniboine River and the Portage Diversion channel are stable. Another 100 soldiers remain on site and the weekend's rain only slowed the river's decline.

Now that the controlled breach is closed, officials have lifted a voluntary evacuation order for residents in the controlled release area. Six mandatory evacuations near the release point remain in place, as do 15 mandatory evacuations along the Portage Diversion.

There are 3,297 Manitobans evacuated from their homes.

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