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Floodway gates to rise Saturday

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The province plans to raise the gates on the Red River Floodway control structure Saturday morning at approximately 9 a.m.

Manitoba Water Stewardship issued a release this evening, warning it intends to gradually raise the gates on the Courchaine Bridge to help maintain river levels in Winnipeg.

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Earlier today, about 6,100 cubic feet per second of water – about 11 per cent of the Red River’s current flow below Winnipeg -- was flowing into the floodway on its own, the province said.

A horn will be sounded 30 minutes before the gates are raised. Courchaine Road, which crosses the bridge, has already been closed between Turnbull Drive and St. Mary’s Road.

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