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Winds to force Morris dike closure

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The ring dike at Morris will likely be partially closed as a precaution tomorrow because of forecasted winds, the province said in today’s flood bulletin.

As well, the government expects to close Highway 75 tomorrow at Morris.

The province also issued a high-water advisory for Sturgeon Creek today. Due to recent warmer weather and greater snow melt, water levels on Sturgeon Creek have risen by about a foot in the last two days and are close to bank-full levels at the Ness Avenue bridge.

Meanwhile, cooler temperatures later this week will generally slow run-off and water level increases in the Assiniboine River and Dauphin Lake basins as well as in the Interlake.

The province said Sunday’s rainfall in the Fargo area did not increase the crest on the Red River, but will likely sustain it for longer.

The main stem of the Red River from Emerson to south of Winnipeg has risen about a half a foot since Sunday. Water levels at the floodway inlet have risen about four inches since Sunday.

The ring dike at St. Jean Baptise and a crossing at Noyes have been closed to protect residents. Meanwhile Provincial Road 200 access to the north end of St. Adolphe is restricted to one-lane traffic.

The government reports that the Red River between Winnipeg and Selkirk is now open. Ice from Netley Creek to Lake Winnipeg has partially moved out and water levels are dropping.

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