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Manitoba’s flood situation stable


May 16, 2011
By The Canadian Press

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May
16, 2011, Winnipeg, Man – The weather is co-operating with flood-fighting
efforts in Manitoba.

May
16, 2011, Winnipeg, Man – The weather is co-operating with flood-fighting
efforts in Manitoba.

Dry,
sunny weather has made it easier for crews to reinforce and maintain dikes
along the Assiniboine River.

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In
Brandon, the Assiniboine River is expected to crest in the next couple of days,
but officials say it is expected to remain below the top of dikes that have
been put in place.

South
of Portage La Prairie, water from a deliberate cut in a dike continues to crawl
slowly over farmland.

The
latest word from the Manitoba government is that water from the deliberate cut
has not flooded any homes but has reached the bottom of protective dikes around
a few homes.

Lourens
Arendse, who owns a large vegetable farm in the area, says his fields are still
dry, even one that lies two kilometers east of the dike break.

The
government cut the dike and started a deliberate flood of the area, known as
Hoop and Holler Bend, in order to prevent a much larger uncontrollable flood as
the Assiniboine swells.