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Rain, wind compound high-water problems

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WINNIPEG - Rain and high winds continue to create worry and destruction along the province's rivers and lakes.

Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton told the legislature Tuesday that rainstorms are expected to cause the Souris River to crest at higher levels than earlier this spring at Melita, Souris and Wawanesa.

Earlier this week, the Assiniboine River at Brandon crested at levels above that of the significant flood of 1976, Ashton said.

Meanwhile, more homes were evacuated Monday night at Dauphin Lake, including at Ochre Beach.

Ashton said Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba are expected to be buffeted by "near gale-force winds" today and overnight, affecting communities on the south and west sides of the lake.

In southwestern Manitoba, Ashton said, the latest rains are likely to mean a "very low" seeded acreage area this spring.

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