High Water Situation in Assiniboine River Valley Slowly Improving; City of Brandon Flooding Response Remains on Active Alert

July 7, 2020


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon Emergency Response Control Group remains on active alert to respond to any potential flash flooding upstream on the Assiniboine River Valley following last week’s heavy rains.

Provincial officials report that the water level on the Rivers Reservoir was measured early this morning (Tuesday, July 7th)  at approximately a half foot less than that of the measurement from 24 hours prior; however, water level at the reservoir is still higher than the spillway and remains at historically high levels. The level of the Rivers Reservoir is decreasing at a slower rate than that of the Assiniboine River, likely due to additional rain and run-off coming into the system from upstream. The Little Saskatchewan River continues to be at flood stage. Provincial officials also report that the Minnedosa Dam and Rivers Dam remain stable at this time and are being monitored 24/7.

As of approximately 8 a.m. this morning (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 any potential surge of water caused by flash flooding, 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. More information on this preparedness process can be found on the City of Brandon website here: https://www.brandon.ca/2020-flood/pre-evacuation-notice.

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 also be viewed on the City of Brandon’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YplUobl-jU0.

The intersection of 18th Street North & Grand Valley Road will remain closed until such a time that the threat of upstream flash flooding has completely passed, and Queen Elizabeth Park and Dinsdale Park both remain CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS this week as a public safety measure. All public are asked to respect the barricades and signage that have been put in place in these greenspaces and are further asked to stay away from the Assiniboine River and STAY OFF of the dike infrastructure during this time.

Additional information on Assiniboine River levels and any changes in the status of potential flash flooding in the Assiniboine River Valley will be published on www.brandon.ca as it is available.