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La Salle

La Salle, a small hamlet south of Winnipeg, is another example of a community with a road system that was originally determined by the direction of the railway line. The south-southwest/north-northeast trending CP line 1 that crosses the east flowing La Salle River 2 north of “town” was constructed in 1882. Roads in the older part of the hamlet are parallel 3 to, or at right angles 4 to, the railway line. One of the parallel roads continues out of town to the south and north into Winnipeg as PR 330 5. La Salle is now a bedroom community for Winnipeg, and expansion beyond the older part of town takes the form of crescents 6 and bays 7 both south and north of the river. One elevator 8 and several brightly coloured buildings 9 are located along the railway line. The large blue-roofed building 10 in the west is probably an administration building. In the south is a football field 11 and baseball diamonds 12. The nearby long, narrow building 13 with a nearby outdoor hockey rink is probably a school.

During the 1997 flood of the Red River Plain there was fear that floodwater would enter Winnipeg by avoiding the Red River Floodway and flowing into the La Salle River. The Brunkild dike was built westward across the Red River Plain south of La Salle to prevent this occurrence. The dike held back water, flooding areas to the south of it, but preventing flooding in the La Salle area.

Figure 8.23

La Salle