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Manitoba from the Air
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The town of Melita (population 1,051 in 2006) is sited on the northwest bank of the Souris Spillway, mostly above the flood risk area on the floodplain of the Souris River 1 which flows to the northwest. The CP line 2 crosses the Souris just below Melita 3 and then climbs up the northwest bank of the spillway bypassing Melita on its south side. Three elevators 4 are located on the line, and a road runs parallel to it 5 producing a railway zone. A wide main road runs at right angles 6, producing the characteristic T-shape of many Manitoba settlements. Cars can be seen parked along this road 7 with several large—probably commercial—buildings on either side 8. Most of the rest of Melita follows a grid at 45 degrees to the DLS system, but in the north 9 a newer residential area is oriented to the DLS. PTH 3 10 enters from the east and PTH 83 11 from the north; the two combine and exit from the town to the southwest 12. Several of the usual items of infrastructure can be seen: a school 13, a water tower—identified by its shadow 14, an auditorium/rink 15, a racetrack 16, and a drive-in cinema 17.


Figure 8.60