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Lake St. Martin channel open

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The Lake St. Martin emergency channel is open, Premier Greg Selinger said today.

The 6.5-kilometre channel is now funnelling flood water from Lake St. Martin into a huge marsh that drains into Buffalo Creek. A second channel is to be built from Buffalo Creek to Lake Winnipeg and will be operational before the spring.

The $100-million channel is needed to also lower the water level on a still-flooded Lake Manitoba in advance of next spring.

The province has said water from the channel will have negligible impact on water levels on Lake Winnipeg.

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Updated on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM CDT: Corrects photo caption to say "6.5-kilometre"

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