Although the number of evacuees is way down, the number of Manitobans applying for disaster financial assistance after flooding this year is way up.

The province said it has received nearly 600 private applications for help, and another 35 from municipalities and other groups.

Almost 600 Manitobans are still out of their homes because of summer flooding — 505 of which alone are First Nations displaced from their communities.

The province said flows on the Portage Diversion are less than half what they were at the peak. Flows are also coming down on the Assiniboine River.

Lake Manitoba is still expected to peak early next month at 814.8 feet.