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Brandon preparing for rapid rise in Assiniboine River levels

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The City of Brandon will let First Street North succumb to the rising Assiniboine River as workers concentrate on protecting 18th Street from a sudden surge of water.

The Assiniboine is expected to rise and rise over the next week or so, reaching levels in Brandon that could come close to the record-busting flood of 2011.

Brian Kayes, the city of Brandon's emergency coordinator, said that they are preparing for a very rapid increase in the river's level — possibly five or six feet.

According to a provincial flood update released on Tuesday, the Assiniboine is expected to crest in Brandon sometime between Thursday, July 10 and Saturday, July 12, at a level just a few inches shy of the 2011 peak.

The water is draining through Brandon after record-setting rainfalls through Westman and eastern Saskatchewan last weekend. When it gets here, the province expects to see Assiniboine levels will be about 13 cm lower than the 2011 peak. That would still be higher than previous floods in 1995, 1976 and 1923.

Brandon mayor Shari Decter Hirst says that the city is much further ahead than they were in 2011. She says an enquiry line has been set up, at 204-729-2186.

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