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Red crest nears Letellier

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WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s flood situation appears to be in a holding pattern.

The dikes along the Souris, Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine rivers are holding up, although high water levels are expected to persist along these streams for some time.

Provincial flood officials said this afternoon that the Red River was at "near crest" levels in Letellier — a full foot below the 2009 crest there.

Meanwhile, there are now 1,954 Manitobans who have been displaced by the 2011 flood, including 872 from Roseau River First Nation and 665 from Peguis First Nation.

Flood forecasters said prolonged high flows are expected to continue along the Assiniboine River for the next 10 days. River levels at Brandon increased by two-thirds of a foot over the past 24 hours. The Brandon crest is now expected between April 29 and May 3.

In Winnipeg, the Red River at James Avenue has dropped slightly to 18.36 feet over the past day. However, the Assiniboine will see greater flows in the coming days.

Earlier today, the province announced that it has reopened Highway 30 at Gretna. The Canada-U.S. border crossing there has also reopened.

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Updated on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM CDT: adds details

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