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VIDEO: Province to open channel, lower Lake St. Martin
The emergency channel to lower Lake St. Martin will open Nov. 1 as scheduled, Premier Greg Selinger said today.
Crews will begin removing a dike early Nov. 1 to see flood water move from Lake St. Martin down the six-kilometre channel into a marsh where it will spread out.
At the same time, water will also lower on Lake Manitoba. Work on the $100-million channel started Aug. 29.
At the height of work, 150 peaces of heavy machinery were working around the clock.
The channel is in response to massive flooding in western Manitoba this spring. The goal is to lower Lake Manitoba to 812 ft. above sea level in advance of next spring. Currently the level is more than 814 feet.
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