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This file photo shows shoreline erosion at Victoria Beach in May 2013.

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The RM of Victoria Beach has declared a state of emergency amid concerns that heavy wind may worsen already-weakened dikes.

The announcement was made late Tuesday afternoon, and Victoria Beach reeve Tom Farrell said it’s more than just preparing for upcoming weather forecasts.

"It’s beyond precaution. We had water on Sunday night that was within an inch of going over a dike at Albert Beach," Farrell said, adding waves have weakened sandbags in other areas.

The state of emergency will let the RM access the dikes, whether they’re on public or private property, Farrell said.

Heavy winds are expected tonight, which may further break down the dikes, but it’s long-term water flow that has Farrell worried.

"That’s going to continue for the next month at least, and that’s a real concern," Farrell said.

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