As the Assiniboine River continues to swell at Brandon in connection with historic rainfall received this week in Western Manitoba, the City of Brandon announced late Canada Day evening that a number of proactive measures are being taken in advance of flooding that may take place in low-lying areas.
The most visible change on Wednesday night was the presence of crews at the intersection of 18th Street and Grand Valley Road where the opening in the city’s dike system was in the process of being closed. Crews could also be seen on site further raising a portion of the dike further north along 18th past the intersection.
The interactive 360 degree panorama image below provides further opportunity to see the state of work as of just prior to 10pm Wednesday evening:
Alongside efforts taking place to prepare the dike system, the City says that it has issued evacuation preparation notices out of an abundance of caution for several hundred homes covering a low-lying section of Brandon between 1st Street North and 26th Street North, from Stickney Avenue north to Galbraith Crescent. An evacuation preparation notice is not an actual evacuation but in stead a notice to be prepared to evacuate on short notice should it be necessary.
At 5pm on Wednesday, the river level was measured at an elevation of 1,173 feet at First Street. The Province is projecting a peak anywhere from 1,174 feet to 1,177 feet above sea level at the location some time between July 5 and 8. The dike is built to withstand levels a full seven feet higher than the upper limit of that range, 1184 feet.
For more details including the methods through which an evacuation order would be issued should it be necessary, please read the full city media release at:
Updated: July 1, 10:50pm. Added panorama