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City of Brandon Enacting Emergency Response Ahead of Anticipated Assiniboine River Peak


April 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – In response to anticipated peak river levels on the Assiniboine River in the coming days, the City of Brandon has activated an emergency response plan including 24-hour surveillance of the City’s dike system and the planned closure of the Grand Valley Road (Provincial Highway #459).

The Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre has upgraded the Assiniboine River’s anticipated peak level to a level of 1,180 feet to 1,181 feet above sea level, measured at First Street, to arrive between April 9th and April 12th. As such, a decision will be made on the morning of Saturday, April 8th on whether crews will proceed with installation of a clay plug at the intersection at Grand Valley Road. The City of Brandon will inform the public if it proceeds with this action; however, all residents and motorists are urged to be aware of this potential traffic congestion and plan accordingly.

As of late-Friday afternoon, the Assiniboine River level was measured at 1,174.95 feet, measured at First Street. City of Brandon officials will closely be watching the river level in the coming days. All points on the river that could be potentially impacted by the anticipated river level are being monitored and additional pumps have been placed at strategic locations along the river dike system and will be activated if required. An important reminder to the public that the City of Brandon’s earthen dike system now sits at an elevation of 1,186 feet above sea level, measured at First Street. This provides approximately 3 feet of free board above the highest level Brandon experienced during the summer flood of 2014.

A community meeting of residents of Assiniboine Ward #1 and Rosser Ward #2 will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Residents of these wards are encouraged to attend and receive information about the City of Brandon’s planned response and how it may impact them.

The City of Brandon strongly urges the public to stay away from the Assiniboine River and off the entire dike system to allow heavy machinery and construction crews safe and unobstructed access to the river. All public access into Dinsdale Park and Queen Elizabeth Park (including the Queen Elizabeth Park entrance at 26th Street North) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED until further notice. Barricades are up in these areas and will be monitored to ensure public adherence.

Morning and afternoon river level readings continue to be taken at First Street and will be published on the City of Brandon’s website here: http://intriverlevel.brandon.ca/.


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