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  • May 11, 2011

    Flood Fight 2011- May 11

    A desperate race against a rising river: images from the past 24 hours as Manitobans try to contain the Assiniboine River.

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  • Heavy equipment shore up the walls of the Portage Diversion Tuesday - The diversion is full to capacity running towards Lake Manitoba. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Heavy equipment shore up the walls of the Portage Diversion Tuesday - The diversion is full to capacity running towards Lake Manitoba. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A lamp post is almost completely submerged in the overflowing Assiniboine River near the 18th Street Bridge in Brandon, Manitoba Wednesday May 11, 2011. In Brandon, the water is the highest it's been since 1882.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

    A lamp post is almost completely submerged in the overflowing Assiniboine River near the 18th Street Bridge in Brandon, Manitoba Wednesday May 11, 2011. In Brandon, the water is the highest it's been since 1882. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski) Photo Store

  • A piece of heavy equipment works to shore up the Portage Diversion Tuesday May 10 at the Drop One location as the at capacity water pours over the drop off. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A piece of heavy equipment works to shore up the Portage Diversion Tuesday May 10 at the Drop One location as the at capacity water pours over the drop off. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Yvonne Kriski hauls all her possessions to her main floor from the basement Tuesday. She lives east of Portage La Prairie near the Hoop and Holler Bend. The province plans to cut Hwy 331 and release flood waters into the lower land where their home is. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Yvonne Kriski hauls all her possessions to her main floor from the basement Tuesday. She lives east of Portage La Prairie near the Hoop and Holler Bend. The province plans to cut Hwy 331 and release flood waters into the lower land where their home is. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Friends and family help sandbag the Arendse house east of Portage La Prairie at Hoop and Holler Bend, Manitoba. The Province is proposing to release water from the Assiniboine River through a large cut from Hwy 331. This will flood their home. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Friends and family help sandbag the Arendse house east of Portage La Prairie at Hoop and Holler Bend, Manitoba. The Province is proposing to release water from the Assiniboine River through a large cut from Hwy 331. This will flood their home. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Evacuation underway - Twins Jacob Guenther, left, and David help to move personal items from the Arendse home at Hoop and Holler Bend, Manitoba in preparation of expected flood waters from the proposed cut in the dike. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Evacuation underway - Twins Jacob Guenther, left, and David help to move personal items from the Arendse home at Hoop and Holler Bend, Manitoba in preparation of expected flood waters from the proposed cut in the dike. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • A pile of sandbags lay waiting to be filled in the RM of Cartier Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
(Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg ree Pess)

    A pile of sandbags lay waiting to be filled in the RM of Cartier Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg ree Pess) Photo Store

  • The swollen Assiniboine River covers the valley floor consuming the bridge on Highway 250 west of Brandon on Tuesday, May 10. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

    The swollen Assiniboine River covers the valley floor consuming the bridge on Highway 250 west of Brandon on Tuesday, May 10. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)   (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • Two lines of Aqua Dams hold back the flood waters from the Assiniboine River along a section of the Eastern Access Route on Tuesday morning. May 10, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

    Two lines of Aqua Dams hold back the flood waters from the Assiniboine River along a section of the Eastern Access Route on Tuesday morning. May 10, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • Bombardier Dave Sopko of the  First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery  from Shilo, Manitoba pitches sandbags Tuesday afternoon near Portage la Prairie May 10, 2011. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Bombardier Dave Sopko of the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, Manitoba pitches sandbags Tuesday afternoon near Portage la Prairie May 10, 2011. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Crews set up an Aqua dam on top of the southern dike of the Assiniboine River in Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, May 9, 2011. The high water levels of the Assiniboine River are threatening surrounding communities.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

    Crews set up an Aqua dam on top of the southern dike of the Assiniboine River in Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, May 9, 2011. The high water levels of the Assiniboine River are threatening surrounding communities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters have to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters have to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)   (CP) Photo Store

  • Manitoba Infrastructure crews work to top up the super-sandbag dike along 18th Street on Tuesday afternoon. May 11, 2011.
(Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

    Manitoba Infrastructure crews work to top up the super-sandbag dike along 18th Street on Tuesday afternoon. May 11, 2011. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters had to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters had to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski   (CP) Photo Store

  • The Assiniboine River threatens to breach the 18th Street Bridge in Brandon, Manitoba,  Wednesday May 11, 2011. In Brandon, the water is the highest it's been since 1882. But city crews, volunteers, army reservists and jail inmates seemed to be winning the battle against the swollen Assiniboine despite steady rain. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

    The Assiniboine River threatens to breach the 18th Street Bridge in Brandon, Manitoba, Wednesday May 11, 2011. In Brandon, the water is the highest it's been since 1882. But city crews, volunteers, army reservists and jail inmates seemed to be winning the battle against the swollen Assiniboine despite steady rain. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski) Photo Store

  • Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters have to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) help load sandbags to be airlifted to the front lines of the fight against the rising Assiniboine River near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Tuesday May 10, 2011. Helicopters have to be used to transport sandbags, as it was difficult for trucks to drive to the dikes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski) Photo Store

  • Volunteers work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday afternoon. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

    Volunteers work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday afternoon. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • Volunteers, including firefighters and provincial conservation officers, work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday evening. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

    Volunteers, including firefighters and provincial conservation officers, work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday evening. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • A man who wished to only be identified as Jeff tosses sandbags onto his truck as his dog

    A man who wished to only be identified as Jeff tosses sandbags onto his truck as his dog "Lucky" looks on, Tuesday afternoon. Although Jeff lives away from flood-affected regions, he is volunteering his time to help defend those affected by the rising Assiniboine River. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • Troops from the  First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, Manitoba pitch sandbags Tuesday afternoon near Portage la Prairie. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Troops from the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from Shilo, Manitoba pitch sandbags Tuesday afternoon near Portage la Prairie. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Heavy equipment shore up the walls of the Portage Diversion Tuesday. The diversion is full to capacity running towards Lake Manitoba. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Heavy equipment shore up the walls of the Portage Diversion Tuesday. The diversion is full to capacity running towards Lake Manitoba. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Crews prepare to cut Hwy 331 to divert water from the Assiniboine River. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Crews prepare to cut Hwy 331 to divert water from the Assiniboine River. May 10, 2011 (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Home owners , friends and volunteers work frantically to raise dikes along the Assiniboine River in the RM of Cartier Tuesday. The house is completely surrounded by water and this small boat carries sand bags to the  home where the dike has to be raised 1.5 ft. Geoff Grawberger  pushes off the small boat heading to the  Ezako home. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Home owners , friends and volunteers work frantically to raise dikes along the Assiniboine River in the RM of Cartier Tuesday. The house is completely surrounded by water and this small boat carries sand bags to the home where the dike has to be raised 1.5 ft. Geoff Grawberger pushes off the small boat heading to the Ezako home. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Surveyors monitor water leves at the Portage Diversion just west of Portage la Prairie just before 9am. More water than expected is going through the diversion. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Surveyors monitor water leves at the Portage Diversion just west of Portage la Prairie just before 9am. More water than expected is going through the diversion. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Brandon Sun Volunteers, including firefighters and provincial conservation officers, work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday evening. May 10, 2011.
(Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

    Brandon Sun Volunteers, including firefighters and provincial conservation officers, work to fortify the dike set up near Parker Boulevard in the city's north end, Tuesday evening. May 10, 2011. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • City crews, along with firefighters with Manitoba Conservation, work at topping up the the southern dike with Aqua Dams in preparation of the crest on the Assiniboine River on Tuesday. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

    City crews, along with firefighters with Manitoba Conservation, work at topping up the the southern dike with Aqua Dams in preparation of the crest on the Assiniboine River on Tuesday. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

  • A member of the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery pitches sandbags with muddy boats on Hwy 26 near PR 248. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    A member of the First Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery pitches sandbags with muddy boats on Hwy 26 near PR 248. (JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Assiniboine River - Volunteers help property owners raise their dikes two more feet after heavy rains changed the flood forecast in Headingley. May 10, 2011. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Assiniboine River - Volunteers help property owners raise their dikes two more feet after heavy rains changed the flood forecast in Headingley. May 10, 2011. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Assiniboine River - Mike Buckmore loads up a trailer with sand bags to protect this property well before a large group of volunteers arrived Tuesday morning in Headingley. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Assiniboine River - Mike Buckmore loads up a trailer with sand bags to protect this property well before a large group of volunteers arrived Tuesday morning in Headingley. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Photo Store

  • Conrad Winters wraps a sheet of plastic over the top of a sandbag ring-dike protecting his uncle's home along Grand Valley Road on Tuesday morning. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)

    Conrad Winters wraps a sheet of plastic over the top of a sandbag ring-dike protecting his uncle's home along Grand Valley Road on Tuesday morning. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun) Photo Store

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