While a firm prediction on when the Assiniboine River will crest in the RM of Cartier and how high the water will be is not yet available, local residents are heeding a provincial warning to raise their dikes.
RM of Cartier public information officer Carmen Asu said the province issued a bulletin late on July 6 warning people living along the Assiniboine River east of the Portage Diversion to build dikes to accommodate river levels equal to those of the 2011 spring flood plus another three feet.
"Today’s a very big push," Asu said from her home on Ferry Road, where members of the Armed Forces were working to further raise her home’s dikes at about noon on July 7.
The anticipated higher water level means more properties in Cartier are at risk of flooding, so more dikes are being built. Asu couldn’t say how many homes are now at risk of flooding.
At this time, volunteers aren’t needed for sandbagging, but people can donate bottled water, juice and sports drinks along with fruit for those who are working in the Lido Plage area. Asu said donations can be dropped off at the top of Ferry Road.
Cartier residents can get information on flooding by checking the municipal website at www.rm-cartier.mb.ca or calling the Emergency Operations Centre at 204-353-4005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org