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Updated: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:17:25 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Stephen Harper to tour flood-threatened areas of Manitoba



Ryan Hicks/CBC

Ryan Hicks/CBC

Stephen Harper is going to see Manitoba's flood problems for himself today.

The prime minister has tweeted that he will tour the flood zone and offer his support to those affected.

Convoys of soldiers descended on southern Manitoba yesterday to fill hundreds of thousands of sandbags to help fend off the torrent of floodwater coming from Saskatchewan.

Seventy soldiers were deployed to Hoop and Holler while 300 others were sent to Portage la Prairie to help with the sandbagging effort.

The soldiers are trying to protect 350 rural homes — 150 of which could be flooded if the province deliberately breaches a dike to take pressure off the Assiniboine River.

The military was asked to help after Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger declared a state of emergency last week. 

An additional 70 soldiers have also been sent to the RM's of Cartier and St. Francois Xavier, both of which issued pleas for volunteers Saturday.

Officials say the flood situation in the province is changing rapidly and more water is pouring into Manitoba than officials initially predicted.

Cutting through one of the dikes could happen Monday to ease some of the pressure on dikes holding back the swollen Assiniboine, but Selinger says it will only be done as a last resort.

Selinger ordered that done in 2011, deliberately flooding the same swath of land at the Hoop and Holler Bend in southern Manitoba and threatening homes in the area in order to save hundreds more downstream.

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