Storm forecast has soggy Brandon bracing for more flooding

It could be another wet and hectic 24 hours in Brandon: The city’s emergency response team is readying for potentially more flooding.

People in southwestern Manitoba are keeping an eye to the sky as more thunderstorms threaten to pile more rain on to the massive dump in the area on Sunday. Meanwhile, crews in sopping-wet Brandon are closely monitoring the Assiniboine River.

In a news release on Tuesday, the city said significant rainfall in the area on Sunday has caused the river levels to rise two feet in a 24 hour-period.

Residents and visitors are being asked by the city to keep away from the river and stay off the dike infrastructure at this time due to the unpredictable conditions that could lead to rapidly rising river levels and dangerously high river speeds.

The release is cautioning of a “high likelihood” that low-lying places along its banks will see overland flooding.

Pumps are in place in areas where draining could be needed and preliminary plans are in the works in case the situation escalates, and the city needs to close the dike opening at the intersection of 18th Street North and Grand Valley Road.

Brandon and parts of southwest Manitoba were drenched with heavy rain and severe thunderstorms on Sunday. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

The city’s operations teams are still responding to outstanding issues of standing water and fallen trees following Sunday’s storm.

Residents are being asked to help crews out by moving traffic obstacles such as limbs and branches off of the roads, if safe to do so, until crews arrive, the release said.

If needed, residents can pick up empty sandbags and sand at the Civic Services Complex at 900 Richmond Avenue East on a first-come, first-served, fill-your-own-bag basis, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

People who are dealing with or at risk of experiencing flooding in their homes can pick up cleanup kits provided by the Canadian Red Cross at Brandon City Hall on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The kits contain an anti-mould cleaning product, mop, rags, rubber gloves, and a face mask.

The release says sand-bagging supplies and cleanup kits will be not be available on July 1 because the services will be closed for Canada Day.

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