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U.S. Ambassador shocked by aerial view of Manitoba flood zone

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WINNIPEG -- U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson said he saw flooding of "biblical proportions" during an aerial tour of the swollen Red River with Premier Greg Selinger this afternoon.

Jacobson said the Red River near Morris looks like one of the Great Lakes.

"My heart goes out to people who are impacted by this," he said.

Jacobson said there is similar flooding in parts of North Dakota. In Devil's Lake, he said hundreds of homes have been lost along with farmland.

Jacobson drove up to Manitoba from Devil's Lake to see firsthand what the flood situtation looks like.

Selinger said the investments in flood protection and the floodway have paid off, noting the channel has diverted a lot of water to protect homes in Winnipeg.

"It's a particularly swollen Red River, especially around Morris," Selinger said.

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Updated on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM CDT: Adds video.

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