City of Brandon River Flooding Media Update
July 5th, 2014 – 6 p.m.
- The afternoon provincial flood forecast has indicated the Assiniboine River in Brandon could peak at First Street at midnight tonight (Sunday, July 6th , 2014). As per the forecast, the Assiniboine River at Brandon is forecast to peak at 34,000 to 35,000 cubic feet per second. For reference, the peak water flow at Brandon during the 2011 flood was 36,730 cubic feet per second. A second crest of approximately 31,000 cubic feet per second is expected on the Assiniboine River at Brandon around July 17.
- At 5:30 p.m., river levels at First Street were measured at 1,182.36 feet above sea level, up approximately two inches from 3 p.m.
- City crews will continue to monitor and inspect the dike system overnight. Current weather forecasts could see between 5 to 10 millimetres of rain this evening, which officials feel is manageable.
- There are currently NO EVACUATIONS ORDERED for any of the areas on the north or south side of the river that had been provided with pre-evacuation notices on Friday, June 4th . Evacuation plans and crews are in place that can be activated at a moment’s notice. The first point of public notification in the event of an evacuation order is the Brandon Emergency Alerting Siren. If the siren system is activated, all residents should turn on a local radio station for more information.
- Traffic along 18th Street North is flowing smoothly, with no lane blockages at this current time. First Street North remains closed and barricaded from the intersection of Kirkcaldy Drive to Pacific Avenue. All public are strongly advised to stay away from First Street North and all other areas along the dike system. The floodwaters, though they look calm, are extremely dangerous and unpredictable.
- A media briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m., Sunday, June 6th , in the Main Foyer of Brandon City Hall, 410-9th Street.