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Prairie flood update

Jill Colton, staff writer

April 25, 2011 — People across Manitoba and Saskatchewan are keeping their eyes on rising levels.

Flooding in Souris.
Flooding in Souris.

Over the weekend, more people were forced from their homes in Manitoba. At this point, more than 1,100 people have been evacuated, mainly as a precaution.

All 850 residents of the Roseau River First Nation were told to leave ahead of the Red River's expected crest this week.

The decision to evacuate the entire community was made on Saturday after water levels jumped about 10 cm overnight.

The evacuees will shelter with family or in Winnipeg hotels.

Both the Red and Assiniboine Rivers are expected to crest sometime in the next seven to 10 days.

Communities along the Assiniboine, including Headingly, Cartier and St. Francis Xavier, have raised their dikes to 1976 flood levels as the river heads for its highest crest in years.

Meanwhile, 30 municipalities have declared states of local emergency and nearly 700 roads have been closed. Flood warnings continue for areas of the Souris, Carrot and Assiniboine rivers.

In Saskatchewan, about 15 communities have declared a state of emergency.

Many places continue to be on flood watch, but water levels in some areas are starting to taper off.

With files from Alexandra Pope, The Canadian Press and CBC Manitoba

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