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City makes urgent call for sandbagging help

The city has put out an urgent call for 150 volunteers to help sandbag properties at-risk of flooding tonight.

Thirty low-lying properties must finish building their sandbag dikes by Friday, and a total of 109 homes must finish sandbagging by Sunday evening.

Volunteers need to phone 311 to register, so city officials can deploy them to homes in need of extra hands.

Additional volunteers will also be needed for sandbag efforts over the weekend.

Meanwhile, an "unstable weather system" with the potential to produce moderate to heavy precipitation is tracking across the U.S., Saskatchewan and Manitoba borders this weekend, the province said in a flood bulletin released this afternoon.

The system "will be intense" in the Souris River basin, generating up to three centimeters of rain and snow between Friday and Sunday.

The system will also bring between one and four centimeters of localized precipitation in the Red River basin, adding to river flow levels, the province said in its bulletin.

The Red River has risen between half a foot and more than three feet since yesterday. South of Morris to the floodway inlet, water levels have gone up by a foot and a half. Most Red River tributaries in Manitoba have risen between six inches and a foot and a half since yesterday.

Water levels have risen mainly because of recent storms and rising temperatures.

In several U.S. locations, the Red River has overflowed its banks or come close to doing so, the province said.

Steve Topping, executive director, regulatory and operational services, Manitoba Water Stewardship Chuck Sanderson, executive director, Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization are providing a flooding update  from Room 68 of the Legislative Building.

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Updated on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM CDT: Adds city call for sandbagging help

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