Homeowners erect clay dikes northeast of Winnipeg

Water continued to rise as ice on the Red River north of Selkirk stayed jammed Tuesday

Breezy Point, Selkirk-area residents prepare as icejams and the rising Red River threaten properties

Some Breezy Point and Selkirk-area residents are building dikes to protect their properties from rising Red River water levels. (Pierre Verriere/CBC)

Water continued to rise as ice on the Red River north of Selkirk stayed jammed Tuesday.

Homeowners prepared for a potential flood while trucks continued as they did earlier this week, hauling and dumping mounds of clay in vulnerable areas to form a dike.

Dan Slobodian made the decision to act this morning before it was too late.

“I don't want to take a chance that I go to sleep and wake up and the house is under,” said Slobodian.

Half of his property south of Selkirk was already under water when he decided to make the call, and it has flooded twice in the past.

All told he'll get 80 truckloads of earth brought in.

In Breezy Point, rising water levels have made John and Roxanne Anderson nervous.

“I'm on pins and needles," said Roxanne. "I'm really worried."

The water has been keeping its distance, but Anderson is ready if the ice jams raise water levels on the Red River.

“We are prepared. We have suitcases packed, medications packed. But we won't be going unless we absolutely have to, unless [an emergency management organization] comes and says something,” said Anderson.

Slobodian needed to pay for the dike himself — and it wasn’t cheap.

“But it's gonna be more expensive if the house goes under,” said Slobodian.

He's hoping the hard work will pay off and his property will be protected.