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Flood Fight 2011: From the ground

Members of 2nd battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry help load sandbags onto helicopter slings to be transported to weak sections of the dike running along the Assiniboine River some 25km from Portage La Prairie, Man. Thursday, May 12, 2011.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Brandon Sun Civic employees wait to deliver sandbags on a dike set up on John Avenue, Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011(Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)
A military helicopter makes a pass over Kirkcaldt Drive as it comes in for a landing near 18th Street on Wednesday in Brandon, Manitoba.  May 11, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Giant
A flag woman directs traffic past Giant
Soldiers hand balm sandbags to reinforce superbags along First Street in Brandon adjacent to Dinsdale Park. May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Left to right, Fritz, Kathy and Craig Horback of Minnedosa and of Melinda Day Virden Manitoba, survey the swollen Assinaboine RIver from a high park near First Street in Brandon.  May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Matt Janzen reaches across his 5ft dike to hand his 2 year old daughter Kaitlyn to his wife Melanie at outside their home just outside Elie Manitoba Thursday.  The family have a one of the lowest homes in the community and will have to leave the dike in place and for a min of 6 weeks.  May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Keith Knox helps sandbag his friends retirement home at Delta Beach, Manitoba Thursday as high winds and waves splash over into yards raising water levels 2 - 3 feet in last 24 hours. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Grade 11 High School Students Chelsea McDonald (left) and Larissa Sosnowski from Carmen help sandbag in Elie, Manitoba Thursday afternoon.  May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
High School Students from Carmen help sandbag in Elie Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Main Street in Oakville, Manitoba was a buzz of last minitue hunt for sandbags Thursday morning.  May 12, 2012. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2nd battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry help load sandbags onto helicopter slings to be transported to weak sections of the dike running along the Assiniboine River some 25km from Portage La Prairie, Man. Thursday, May 12, 2011.   (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday. Soldiers rest as they wait for sandbags.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday. A soldier drives on a 8 wheel off road vehicle.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday- Soldier walk on dike.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI  Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of  Oakville, MB Thursday- Soldiers take photos on break.   May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Ted  Bray , right, and his son John do last minitute sandbagging to their home near Oakville, Manitoba  Thursday morning-Their home is next to the Elm River.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
John Bray  does  last minitute sandbagging to his fathers home near Oakville, Manitoba Thursday morning as his dog Lucky keeps a eye-Their home is next to the Elm River.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Civic employees place sandbags on a dike set up on John Avenue near the Eighteenth Street bridge, Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)
Helicopters one after another arive at a location north of Oakville, Manitoba to ferry sandbags to dike location on the Assiniboine River Thursday.  May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
A line of semi-trucks are escorted by a pilot vehicle along the Eastern Access Route near Victoria Avenue East on Thursday. A single lane of traffic has been opened up to allow truck traffic around the eastern side of Brandon, Manitoba.  May 12, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Sandbaggers along 18th Street in Brandon, Manitoba, take a break for lunch delivered by volunteers with the Salvation Army on Thursday. May 12, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Volunteers rest between bags at Dr. Robin Carters house. He lives about 600 yards from where the cut will happen. Elm Creek runs right next door to his house. He is greatful for the help he received from Westpark School, but believes he will lose the battle against the surge of water. May 12, 2011. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)
Volunteers sandbag at Dr. Robin Carters house. He lives about 600 yards from where the cut will happen. Elm Creek runs right next door to his house. May 12, 2011. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the Canadian Forces carry sandbags to a home located close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011.   (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. Excavators were digging out a dike holding back the Assiniboine River even as the government continued Thursday to push back a decision to purposely flood homes and farmland in southern Manitoba.  May 12, 2011(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Kids haul sandbags in Newton, Manitoba Wednesday afternoon. May 11, 2011. (Photo by Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
The waters in the Portage Diversion lap up against  the bridge over Provincial road 227.  May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Sam Connery takes a break after working the last few days sandbagging her family home near Hoop and Holler bend, Manitoba.    May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Mexican migrant workers sandbag the home of Jeff Connery near Hoop and Holler bend, Manitoba.  May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
There was no shortage of help on the James Valley colony Wednesday as everyone including young girls helped pitch in to  move sandbags to dikes being built around their colony. May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Students displaced from Kirkcaldy Heights School in Brandon, closed as it's in the flood evacuation zone, board a convoy of buses at a temporary loading zone on Braecrest Drive in north Brandon Friday morning. The school is temporarily holding classes at Brandon University. May 13, 2011 (James O'Connor/Brandon Sun)
Dave Barnes, with his dog Jack, looks over the expanse of flood water covering his east-end property, Wednesday afternoon. Friends and volunteers helped Barnes surround his home with sandbags and protect it from the surging Assiniboine River. May 11, 2011 (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)
Members of 2nd battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry help load sandbags onto helicopter slings to be transported to weak sections of the dike running along the Assiniboine River some 25km from Portage La Prairie, Man. Thursday, May 12, 2011.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Brandon Sun Civic employees wait to deliver sandbags on a dike set up on John Avenue, Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011(Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)
A military helicopter makes a pass over Kirkcaldt Drive as it comes in for a landing near 18th Street on Wednesday in Brandon, Manitoba. May 11, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Giant "superbags" keep the swollen Assiniboine River at Bay in Brandon's Assiniboine Valley at 18th Street and Kirkaldy Drive. Traffic has been reduced to two lanes and a neighboring Big Box Center was shut down to reduce traffic alongside the dike. The only other major route across the valley , First Street, has been shut down leaving 18th the only north south route open. May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
A flag woman directs traffic past Giant "superbags" keeping the swollen Assiniboine River at bay in Brandon's Assiniboine Valley at 18th Street and Kirkaldy Drive. May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Soldiers hand balm sandbags to reinforce superbags along First Street in Brandon adjacent to Dinsdale Park. May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Left to right, Fritz, Kathy and Craig Horback of Minnedosa and of Melinda Day Virden Manitoba, survey the swollen Assinaboine RIver from a high park near First Street in Brandon. May 12, 2011. (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Matt Janzen reaches across his 5ft dike to hand his 2 year old daughter Kaitlyn to his wife Melanie at outside their home just outside Elie Manitoba Thursday. The family have a one of the lowest homes in the community and will have to leave the dike in place and for a min of 6 weeks. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Keith Knox helps sandbag his friends retirement home at Delta Beach, Manitoba Thursday as high winds and waves splash over into yards raising water levels 2 - 3 feet in last 24 hours. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Grade 11 High School Students Chelsea McDonald (left) and Larissa Sosnowski from Carmen help sandbag in Elie, Manitoba Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
High School Students from Carmen help sandbag in Elie Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Main Street in Oakville, Manitoba was a buzz of last minitue hunt for sandbags Thursday morning. May 12, 2012. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2nd battalion Princess Patricia's Light Infantry help load sandbags onto helicopter slings to be transported to weak sections of the dike running along the Assiniboine River some 25km from Portage La Prairie, Man. Thursday, May 12, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday. Soldiers rest as they wait for sandbags. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday. A soldier drives on a 8 wheel off road vehicle. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday- Soldier walk on dike. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of 2 PPCLI Shilo reinforce a dike on the Assinboine River off Hyw 430, north of Oakville, MB Thursday- Soldiers take photos on break. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Ted Bray , right, and his son John do last minitute sandbagging to their home near Oakville, Manitoba Thursday morning-Their home is next to the Elm River. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
John Bray does last minitute sandbagging to his fathers home near Oakville, Manitoba Thursday morning as his dog Lucky keeps a eye-Their home is next to the Elm River. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Civic employees place sandbags on a dike set up on John Avenue near the Eighteenth Street bridge, Thursday afternoon. May 12, 2011. (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)
Helicopters one after another arive at a location north of Oakville, Manitoba to ferry sandbags to dike location on the Assiniboine River Thursday. May 12, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
A line of semi-trucks are escorted by a pilot vehicle along the Eastern Access Route near Victoria Avenue East on Thursday. A single lane of traffic has been opened up to allow truck traffic around the eastern side of Brandon, Manitoba. May 12, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Sandbaggers along 18th Street in Brandon, Manitoba, take a break for lunch delivered by volunteers with the Salvation Army on Thursday. May 12, 2011 (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Volunteers rest between bags at Dr. Robin Carters house. He lives about 600 yards from where the cut will happen. Elm Creek runs right next door to his house. He is greatful for the help he received from Westpark School, but believes he will lose the battle against the surge of water. May 12, 2011. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)
Volunteers sandbag at Dr. Robin Carters house. He lives about 600 yards from where the cut will happen. Elm Creek runs right next door to his house. May 12, 2011. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press)
Members of the Canadian Forces carry sandbags to a home located close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of the Canadian Forces surround a home with a water dike close to the Hoop and Holler Bend near Portage La Prairie, Man, Thursday, May 12, 2011. Excavators were digging out a dike holding back the Assiniboine River even as the government continued Thursday to push back a decision to purposely flood homes and farmland in southern Manitoba. May 12, 2011(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Kids haul sandbags in Newton, Manitoba Wednesday afternoon. May 11, 2011. (Photo by Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
The waters in the Portage Diversion lap up against the bridge over Provincial road 227. May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Sam Connery takes a break after working the last few days sandbagging her family home near Hoop and Holler bend, Manitoba. May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Mexican migrant workers sandbag the home of Jeff Connery near Hoop and Holler bend, Manitoba. May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
There was no shortage of help on the James Valley colony Wednesday as everyone including young girls helped pitch in to move sandbags to dikes being built around their colony. May 11, 2011. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Students displaced from Kirkcaldy Heights School in Brandon, closed as it's in the flood evacuation zone, board a convoy of buses at a temporary loading zone on Braecrest Drive in north Brandon Friday morning. The school is temporarily holding classes at Brandon University. May 13, 2011 (James O'Connor/Brandon Sun)
Dave Barnes, with his dog Jack, looks over the expanse of flood water covering his east-end property, Wednesday afternoon. Friends and volunteers helped Barnes surround his home with sandbags and protect it from the surging Assiniboine River. May 11, 2011 (Colin Corneau/Brandon Sun)

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