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By: plapman , 11:26 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
With the second crest of the Portage diversion expected sometime today or tomorrow, the province has released it's latest flood forecast.
For the second crest, it is now believed to be similar to the first, with increased flows being believed to be caused by the recent high flows from the Qu'Appelle River and the high flows on the Souris River which hasn't declined as quickly as originally planned. With that, the second crest is expected to see increased flows between 52-53,000 cubic feet per second. Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton spoke about the forecast over the weekend, and says the diversion is prepared to handle the second crest.
"It is expected the diversion will handle up to 35,000 cfs, and 18,000 will be going down the Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Headingley."
Although the next crest is going to be similar to the initial crest, MIT Deputy Minister Doug McNeil says with work complete over the past week on the diversion, he notes it is prepared to handle what has been forecasted.
"Basically we have no issues on the Portage diversion to handle the 35,000 cfs that is now forecasted for it, as we continue to shore up the dikes and do fine tuning work on the dikes, including compaction, adding more clay, etc."
In related new the province has extended it's use of the Canadian Armed Forces Aurora plane until July 17. Aurora has been assisting in monitoring the dike and diversion conditions.
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