Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flood Update, Lake Manitoba

So just in case any one was wondering... the water went up. Apparently the lake is at 815. something over sea level, and that actually means something now that there are elevation references on the dikes that were built. Before last week, we as owners of properties had no datum, bench mark, elevation, landmark, whatever you want to call it, to accurately determine the level of danger our property might be in.
Instead of being able to determine these things for ourselves, I suppose we were just to "trust" the people in charge of such things.
Bad idea.
On a positive note, I did meet the Reeve of the RM, his EMO guy, and a councillor who doubles as the Natural Resource Officer in the area. Two of these guys appeared to be about retirement age, (not that that's an issue... just keep reading), and one came over to the property to ask for help. My son and I obliged, not really knowing who or what was being asked of us. We headed over to the dike and assisted in setting a rather large water pump into the "low" side of the water and helped place the discharge pipe over the dike to the "high side" where the water was being discharged into the lake.
After we finished our respective grunting and becoming completely covered in "swamp muck", the other gentlemen introduced themselves. It seems that in an RM, being Reeve means you get a first hand look at how things are going... by being there and doing them.
All agreed that the Water Stewardship clams regarding the lake levels are absolute hog wash.

My son and I spent some time riding our antique "trikes" through the mud/water, actually floating them in a few areas where roads typically exist, and spent the better part of a day building a sandbag "wall" to take some of the power out of the waves threatening to destroy our retaining wall typically 25' away from the water. we weighted down a "deck" that is now a "dock" with a few 50 gallon drums we filled with water, and I donned my wet suit to get into the lake to replace the concrete blocks that were supporting the new "dock", (formerly just a deck).

All in all... likely a sign of things to come for the summer.

The surrounding fields are flooded, since they are almost 3' below the lake level, and the ditches are full to the shoulder of the gravel roads. If it rains, the water has no where to go, flooding the yard, making bringing in sandbags on a trike and trailer an exercise in grass destruction.


October can't come soon enough. It's time to sweep out the Legislature, Water Stewardship, and the Flood Forecasting offices.

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