Manitoba has plan to divert floodwaters

Flooding St. Francis Xavier, MB, 09 May 2011 (CP)

Emergency officials in Manitoba plan to break a dike along the Assiniboine River near Portage la Prairie which will flood at least 150 homes while saving hundreds more from being inundated with water.

An area of 225 square kilometres will be flooded and farmers have been scrambling to move livestock out of the area before the planned breach tomorrow.  

Soldiers have been sandbagging in parts of the province including Brandon where more than 900 residents were evacuated yesterday.

So far, Winnipeg has not been threatened by floodwaters.

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