Manitoba premier says dikes are higher and drier than last flood in 2011
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6:15 PM -
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger remains confident but cautious as the Assiniboine River reaches its peak near Portage la Prairie.
Seligner says dikes in the area are higher and drier than the last flood in 2011, but time will tell whether all defenses withstand the surg.
BELOW: "You can never guarantee ....anything could happen."
Meanwhile, protection efforts ahead of the flooding appears to have paid off, with all homes along the swollen Assiniboine sandbagged.
BELOW: "We have to still stay vigilant...we're going to have to keep our defenses up for quite a period of time. There's going to be a second peak this month."
"To date, an estimated 212,700 sandbags have been produced and 184,000 have been delivered," The Manitoba government says in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "The remainder is being reserved for rapid deployment. Production of sandbags is continuing, with another 76,000 expected to be produced in the next 24 hours."
The river was expected to crest Wednesday afternoon in the Portage la Prairie area, and Thursday downstream closer to Winnipeg.
As of Tuesday morning, 725 residents had been evacuated in Manitoba due to flooding in 2014.
Saskatchewan has also been dealing with rising water levels. Flood damages in the province are expected to exceed the $360 million in damages incurred during the 2011 floods.
With files from The Canadian Press