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AREA FLOOD ROUNDUP: Manitoba situation improves ... Area river levels

Manitoba flood situation improves WINNIPEG -- A government expert said Sunday the flood situation across southern Manitoba is improving. Steve Topping, executive director for Manitoba Water Stewardship, said recent rain and snow hasn't had a big ...

Manitoba flood situation improves

WINNIPEG -- A government expert said Sunday the flood situation across southern Manitoba is improving.

Steve Topping, executive director for Manitoba Water Stewardship, said recent rain and snow hasn't had a big impact on river levels.

Topping said water levels on the Red and Assinboine Rivers are dropping because of the operation of the Portage Diversion system.

He said the threat of basement flooding to some Winnipeg homes is declining, and Highway 75 near Morris remains open.

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A low-pressure system dumped nearly 1½ inches of precipitation in the region, with wet soil giving the rain few places to go.

Officials are watching water levels at Ste. Adolphe. The ring dike around the town near the bridge has been closed. Highway 200 is still open, but crews have built a ramp on the road to keep the waters at bay.

The province is also keeping a close eye on Morris, where the river is expected to crest next week.

Officials said Highway 75 could close for several days if there is a significant rise in river levels.

Area river levels at 9 p.m. Sunday

Red River

- Wahpeton: 10.78 feet, steady. Flood stage: 10 feet.

- Fargo: 27.35 feet, falling from major flood stage of 30 feet. Flood stage: 18 feet.

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- Halstad, Minn.: 30.42 feet, falling from major flood stage of 32 feet.

- East Grand Forks: 38.23 feet, falling from moderate flood stage of 40. Flood stage: 28 feet.

- Oslo, Minn.: 35.41 feet, down from major flood stage of 36. Flood stage: 26 feet.

- Drayton, N.D.: 41.23 feet, slowly falling from major flood stage of 42. Flood stage: 32 feet.

- Pembina, N.D.: 49.28 feet, slowly falling from crest of 49.47 last week; moderate flood stage: 47 feet. Flood stage: 42 feet.

Park River

- Grafton, N.D.: 10.08 feet, steady. Flood stage: 12 feet.

Two Rivers

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- Hallock, Minn.: 796.49 feet. Flood stage: 802 feet.

Pembina River

- Neche, N.D.: 15.72 feet, slow rise. Flood stage: 18 feet.

- Walhalla, N.D.: 8.07 feet, slow fall. Flood stage: 11 feet.

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