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Red River level drops north of Winnipeg

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The Red River north of Selkirk dropped more than one foot, prompting officials in the RM of St. Andrews to open Breezy Point, which was voluntarily evacuated on Saturday.

And Reeve Don Forfar says residents of 50 homeowners on Jenny Drive in Petersfield are being allowed to go home but they are subject to a voluntary evacuation order.

It’s believed the river level dropped because an ice jam moved a considerable distance north overnight.

Homeowners went back to their property to check the extent of damage, if any.

Forfar said it appears any threat of flooding in Netley Creek may be over if the ice jam has moved a significant distance.

"We’ve never had flooding in the spring once the ice has cleared but sometimes it can fool you," Forfar said. "We’ll just have to wait and see."

Premier Greg Selinger is meeting in East St. Paul with elected offiaicls from municipalities impacted by flooding. The group will also tour affected areas.

Meantime, the province issued a release saying partial ring dike closures are underway or nearing completion at Ste. Agathe, St. Adolphe and Gretna.  As a result of the partial closure at St. Adolphe, PR 200 is closed from Courchaine Road to St. Adolphe.

On Monday, a partial closure of the ring dike will begin at St. Jean Baptiste.

Highway 75 continues to be monitored.  Partial closure of the highway north of Morris may be required late Monday evening or Tuesday, the release said.

History

Updated on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM CDT: Adds Petersfield evacuations

2:58 PM: revised

3:24 PM: Adds details, provincial information

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