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June 30th, 2014, 12:00 PM – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s response to this weekend’s significant storm and resulting overland flooding continues today.

A State of Local Emergency remains in place for the entire City of Brandon to provide municipal officials with a number of extraordinary powers to be able to respond to existing or emerging weather threats.

The main access road to the Brandon Municipal Airport (McGill Field) remains closed at this time; however, the daily WestJet flight will go ahead as scheduled. A detour via the Trans Canada Highway west of Brandon is in place, with full details available at www.brandon.ca.

The Assiniboine River level has risen considerably over the weekend and, as of this morning, had surpassed technical flood stage. As such, the City of Brandon’s Community Services Department has CLOSED PUBLIC ACCESS to Dinsdale Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Wheat City Golf Course until further notice.

Canada Day celebrations will go ahead as scheduled at the Riverbank Discovery Centre. All events will go on as scheduled and will be held on the Centre’s parking lot surface. All parking will be in the Home Depot parking lot with a Brandon Transit shuttle running to and from the festivities. Handicapped parking will be available on-site and guests are asked to watch for signage. The full schedule can be found at www.riverbank.mb.ca.

Residents who have experienced water in their basements are encouraged to check their insurance policies for clarification on coverage. Individuals are reminded to document and photograph the details of any damage. Residents who believe they may be dealing with sewer back-up issues versus overland flooding are encouraged to contact the City of Brandon’s Public Works Department at 204-729-2285.

City crews continue to respond to reports of fallen trees, which can be reported by calling (204) 729-2148 during regular business hours

Updated information will be posted to www.brandon.ca and the City of Brandon’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as it becomes available.