2020 Flood

City of Brandon Proceeding with Removal of Dike Plug at Grand Valley Road (As of September 17, 2020)

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon Emergency Response Control Group is finalizing plans to remove the earthen dike plug at the intersection of 18th Street North and Grand Valley Road (PR #459).

The plug was installed in early July of this year as a means of protecting the community against any surge of water related to flash flooding upstream in the Assiniboine River Valley, particularly from an unforeseen failure of the Rivers Dam.

Updated hydrological forecast data provided by the Province of Manitoba this week suggests that the volume of water within the Rivers Reservoir upstream of Brandon is now at a manageable level should there be any unforeseen failure of the Rivers Dam structure.

Mobilization of equipment on-site at the dike is anticipated prior to the weekend, with the intersection expected to be re-opened to traffic early next week.  

The City of Brandon Emergency Response Control Group also advises that the Province of Manitoba has confirmed it will provide disaster financial assistance for the heavy rain events that occurred between June 28th to July 5th in western and southern Manitoba. The City of Brandon would encourage impacted property owners that have yet to do so to submit their own DFA application directly to the Manitoba Government by visiting https://forms.gov.mb.ca/DFA_Application/. Property owners may also phone the Province of Manitoba toll-free at 1-888-267-8298 and have an application form mailed to them.

More information about the Province of Manitoba’s Disaster Financial Assistance process can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/recover/home/dfa_home.html.

Update on Dike Plug at 18th Street North & Grand Valley Road (As of September 2nd, 2020)

The City of Brandon Emergency Response Control Group has been advised by Manitoba Infrastructure that while the water level at the dam at Rivers on the Little Saskatchewan River is at the crest of the spillway, a thick film of algae is currently preventing a detailed inspection of the spillway including the concrete walls, slabs and joints. Manitoba Infrastructure anticipates being able to complete a full inspection of the dam in approximately two weeks once the spillway can be cleaned thoroughly.

Due to the fact that any unforeseen failure of the Rivers Dam would still send flood-level waters Brandon’s way and arrive at Brandon within several hours, the earthen dike “plug at the intersection of 18th Street North and Grand Valley Road (PR #459) will remain in place until Manitoba Infrastructure officials relay additional information regarding the spillway’s condition.

The City of Brandon Emergency Response Team continues to ask for the patience, understanding and cooperation of residents and businesses in the low-lying areas along the Assiniboine River Valley while we await final word from provincial officials.

Update on Assiniboine River Valley High Water Levels (As of August 6th, 2020)

As of August 6th, 2020, the water level of the Assiniboine River in Brandon was 1,163.34 feet above sea level, measured at First Street; however, the reported water level at the Rivers Dam upstream of Brandon remained approximately eight-tenths of a foot above its spillway. At these levels, any unforeseen failure of the Rivers Dam would send flood-level waters downstream into the Assiniboine River Valley, arriving in Brandon within several hours.

The earthen dike “plug” at the intersection of 18th Street North and Grand Valley Road (PR #459) will remain in place until the City of Brandon’s ongoing discussions with Manitoba Infrastructure and the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization can confirm a full assessment of the Rivers Dam structure has been completed and that any risk of flash flooding – no matter how small – is no longer present.

While the likelihood of an unanticipated failure of the Rivers Dam structure is very low at this time, the City of Brandon’s first and foremost concern is that of public safety and would to ask for the continued patience and understanding of all impacted residents and businesses until the risk has completely subsided.

Update on Assiniboine River Valley High Water Levels & How to Submit an Application for POTENTIAL Disaster Financial Assistance (As of July 30th, 2020)

The City of Brandon Emergency Response Control Group is monitoring sustained high water levels in the Assiniboine River Valley upstream of Brandon and is regularly consulting with Manitoba Infrastructure and the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization.

While the risk of failure at the Rivers Dam upstream of Brandon has significantly lessened from that of early in July, officials with Manitoba Infrastructure have indicated they cannot conduct a full assessment of the Rivers Dam structure until its water level comes back down to a level that is below its spillway. Due to the fact that any unforeseen failure of the Rivers Dam would still send flood-level waters Brandon’s way and arrive at Brandon within several hours, a decision has been made to have the earthen dike “plug” at the intersection of 18th Street North and Grand Valley Road (PR #459) remain in place until there is complete confidence that the risk of flash flooding in Brandon has passed.

While the risk of such occurring at this stage is very low, the City of Brandon asks for the continued patience, understanding and cooperation of residents and businesses in the low-lying areas along the Assiniboine River Valley as we watch and wait for the situation upstream to be resolved.

 

POTENTIAL Disaster Financial Assistance

When a natural disaster occurs, the Manitoba Government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). The Manitoba Emergency Measures Act allows the Manitoba Government to provide financial assistance if the event meets the criteria outlined in the Act. The Manitoba Government will look at the impacts and circumstances of an event to determine if it meets the DFA program requirements. DFA programs are established after evaluation on a per-event basis. DFA is administered by the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), NOT the municipal government.

At its July 13th, 2020, regular meeting, Brandon City Council passed the following resolution relating to infrastructure damage the municipality experienced after heavy rains in Brandon on June 28th and June 30th, 2020:

WHEREAS the City of Brandon took measures to protect residents and businesses from the significant rainfall, ensuing flood threat and potential dam failure;

AND WHEREAS the capacity of the City of Brandon storm drainage system was exceeded and caused damage to property;

AND WHEREAS the Assiniboine River did exceed floodstage and threatened property;

AND WHEREAS the Little Sasktchewan River did exceed floodstage and threatened property;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization be requested to provide disaster financial assistance to the City of Brandon and its citizens.

As of July 30th, 2020, a Disaster Financial Assistance program has NOT been announced by the Manitoba Government. However, in an effort to assist the Province of Manitoba in understanding the scope of damage experienced in Brandon due to these heavy rains, the City of Brandon would encourage impacted property owners to submit their own DFA application directly to the Manitoba Government by visiting https://forms.gov.mb.ca/DFA_Application/. Property owners may also phone the Province of Manitoba toll-free at 1-888-267-8298 and have an application form mailed to them.

More information about the Province of Manitoba’s Disaster Financial Assistance process can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/recover/home/dfa_home.html.

 


Update for Residents and Businesses Receiving Evacuation Preparation Notices (As of Tuesday, July 7th, 2020)

As of approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7th, the Assiniboine River level in Brandon was measured at First Street at 1,169.97 feet above sea level – this is below flood stage in Brandon. City officials remain confident that Brandon’s dike system is sufficiently high and rugged enough to contain a surge of water caused by any potential flash flooding upstream in the Assiniboine River Valley, but with a great measure of caution are encouraging all residents & businesses who received evacuation preparation notices last week to remain vigilant and be ready to evacuate on short notice should such an order be given.

A video message to the community from Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest and City of Brandon Director of Risk and Emergency Management Brian Kayes recorded on the morning of Tuesday, July 7th, can be viewed on the City of Brandon’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YplUobl-jU0.


Pre-evacuation Notice (Issued July 1, 2020)

The City of Brandon is taking necessary measures to protect the city and its residents, however, with an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you live or own a business in the area between 1st Street North and 26th Street North, from Stickney Avenue all the way north to Galbraith Crescent, that you be ready to evacuate such on short notice.

Due to the recent heavy rains, there is concern about flash flooding in the Assiniboine River Valley especially related to the Little Saskatchewan River. 

The City of Brandon is taking necessary measures to protect the city and its residents, however, with an abundance of caution, we are requesting that you be ready to evacuate on short notice.

Plan to stay with a friend or relative if at all possible.  If not alternate arrangements will be made through the City of Brandon.  Call the Enquiry Centre (204-729-2186). 

In the event of an evacuation order, you will be notified as follows:

  • The City of Brandon’s emergency siren
  • Local radio stations
  • The City of Brandon website (brandon.ca)
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • In-person door-to-door visitations

Should you have any inquiries about this process or about the flood situation here in Brandon, please call the Enquiry Centre at 204-729-2186 and press 0 for more information.

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What you need to know in case you are evacuated

While every measure is being taken to ensure that you will not be required to evacuate, the City of Brandon would like to provide you with a list of preparation steps should evacuating your home/business be necessary.  

Prior to receiving a notification to evacuate, please have yourself, your family members and/or residents of your home pack one suitcase or duffel bag with the following items (if applicable): 


- Photo ID and one document containing your mailing address

- Medication for all family members

- Manitoba Health ID (MHSC) card

- Wallet & bank card

- Cell phone and charger

- Eyeglasses, contacts and contact solution

- Change of clothes 

- Infant and child care supplies (i.e. diapers, wipes, formula)

- Dentures  


In addition, please bring the following items with you (if applicable):


- Mobility aids (i.e. wheelchair, walker, cane, hearing aids)

- Prosthetics 


Pet owners:

Please take your pets with you or make plans for the care of your pet.  Upon receiving a notice of evacuation ensure you have the following pet-related items:

- Pet food/treats

- Collar with identification 

- Pet toy or comfort item (i.e. blanket)

- Pet kennel

- Proof of vaccinations:     Dogs: Rabies, distemper and parvo (bordetella is highly recommended)

    Cats:  FVR shot 


Before leaving your home:


- Consider moving any valuable items to the top floor of your home 

Upon leaving your home:


- Gather the residents of your home, the items you’re bringing with you and this hand-out

- Plan to stay with a friend or relative, located outside of the evacuation zone

- Follow further instructions from local officials and tune into a local radio station

- Keep all receipts for evacuation-related expenses included home floodproofing, hotel bills and meals

 

In the event of an evacuation:

In the event of an evacuation, all evacuees will be required to register. Evacuee registration may be done in the following ways:

  1. Online
  2. Phone
  3. In-person