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Manitoba floods: Selkirk Mayor says town 'dodged a real big bullet'

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:47 PM -

Flood concerns are easing in Winnipeg, but worries remain for other parts of Manitoba. 

The Manitoba government says the Red River has crested in the province's capital city, where a handful of homes were sandbagged as a precaution, and the water is slowly receding. 

Downstream near Selkirk, a massive ice jam contributed to high water levels and the closure of one rural road, but the province says the ice jam continues to move. 

"Our guys protected all of our assets, our park, our seniors block on the waterfront, the Marine Museum," said Selkirk Mayor Larry Johannson in an interview with The Weather Network. "Everything was protected, and we dodged a real big bullet." 


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Highway 204 remains closed from Highway 212 to Selkirk because of water on the road Wednesday. 

A flood watch has been issued for the upper Assiniboine River between the Shellmouth Dam and Brandon. 

The province says some low-lying land adjacent to the river may be flooded, but the water in Brandon will remain well below dikes and other structures. 

Meanwhile, Winnipeg has been seeing light rain throughout out the day Thursday, but it is expected to taper off throughout the overnight. 

"The next few days are forecast to be calmer, although temperatures will be still well below seasonal," says Weather Network meteorologist Brett Soderholm. "Another system is forecast to bring another round for Winnipeg at the end of the weekend and last into Monday."

In Saskatchewan, a warning has been issued about the potential for ice jams on the North Saskatchewan River. 

The Water Security Agency tells The Canadian Press it's particularly concerned about the stretch between the Petrofka Bridge and Prince Albert. 

The agency says a jam could lead to serious flooding. 

Wonder how ice jams form? Jaclyn Whittal explains below:

With files from The Canadian Press

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