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Ring dikes close

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 (local traffic only) from Courchaine Road to St. Adolphe. A partial closure of the ring dike will begin today at St. Jean Baptiste.

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Highway 75 continues to be monitored. Partial closure of the highway north of Morris may be required late this evening or tomorrow.


Voluntary evacuations

ABOUT 50 homes in the Petersfield area have voluntarily evacuated. Sandbagging and flood barrier tubes are being put in place to protect homes. No homes have been flooded in this area. Flooding is a result of an ice jam north of Netley Creek.

Families who had evacuated from the RM of St. Andrews on Friday are returning home as water is off the road and there is now access to their properties.


Forecast summary

THE Red River at Fargo crested Sunday, reaching a peak of 38.75 feet. The Red River Floodway is in operation. In the next few days, water levels will affect access on some municipal roads in the area south of the floodway.

A high-water advisory has been issued for the lower Pembina River. The high-water advisory for the Souris River near Melita remains in effect.

Warmer temperatures will result in sustained snowmelt runoff and river level rises.


River operations

THE main stem of the Red River from Emerson to south of St. Adolphe has generally rose just over six inches from Saturday to Sunday. Flows on the Red River at Emerson are 36,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Water levels at the floodway inlet have risen about one to two feet. Flow rates in the Red River above the floodway are approximately 62,500 cfs with an upstream elevation of 758.52 feet. The floodway is now in operation. Flows in the floodway are at approximately 15,000 cfs.

Several locations along the Red River in the U.S. are either at bank-full levels or have overtopped riverbanks. The Red River in Manitoba is close to bank-full conditions in Emerson, Letellier, and Morris with eroding banks in some locations. The river is above bank-full levels in the St. Jean Baptiste area. The river levels remain well below top-dike elevations.

The Red River between Winnipeg and Selkirk now has open water. Ice jams two kilometres north of Netley Creek on the Red River are affecting Netley Creek water levels.


Assiniboine River

TRIBUTARIES in the Assiniboine River basin are responding to recent precipitation with an approximate six-inch rise observed at both Brandon and Holland since Saturday. The Assiniboine River remains within banks at all locations.


Major waterways

SIGNIFICANT runoff has started in the Pembina River system with a rise of 6.1 feet at Neche, N.D. and arise of 1.9 feet in Walhalla, N.D. River levels are reaching bank-full conditions at several locations in Manitoba.

Water levels on the Souris River at Melita have risen by six inches since Saturday and it is over-bank. Water levels have increased by more than 18 inches at Souris since Saturday.


-- source: Government of Manitoba

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 11, 2011 A4

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