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High-water advisory issued for Assiniboine River

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River levels has spiked in recent days according to City of Brandon data. The province has issued a high-water advisory for the Assiniboine River from St. Lazare to Portage la Prairie.

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River levels has spiked in recent days according to City of Brandon data. The province has issued a high-water advisory for the Assiniboine River from St. Lazare to Portage la Prairie.

The province has issued a high-water advisory for the Assiniboine River from St. Lazare to Portage la Prairie. The potential for ice jams and associated flooding prompted the warning, the province said in a news release today.

The advisory is issued for small streams, drains and tributaries across portions of southern Manitoba where melt is actively occurring.

Overland flooding may be caused by spring runoff, with ice jams and blocked culverts resulting in a rapid rise in water levels on tributaries and drains, the province said.

It’s reminding people to be watchful of local waterways because flood conditions can develop quickly.

An ice jam has been reported on the Assiniboine River near Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Water levels rose by approximately two metres overnight and water is on the road, which forced the closure of a section of Highway 5, the province said. Crews have posted signs in the area and are investigating possible ice-jam mitigation.

Snow is falling in western Manitoba from Wawanesa to Brandon. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for most of the Parkland Region of the province. Up to 10 centimetres of snow is expected by late this afternoon with up to 15 cm possible in areas of higher terrain.

The province said the Portage Diversion may be used to manage the ice on the lower Assiniboine River within the next 24 hours. Cooler temperatures expected over the next few days are expected to slow down the snow melt and runoff.

The province is reminding people to stay away from ice and water, and not to drive or walk through fast‑moving water.

Motorists should call 511 to check road conditions before travelling.

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