Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)
By: plapman, 3:52 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
has anyone noticed that one of the tall trees in the background of the view from my basement window is missing?
The last thunderstorm brought one of them down on a neighbors house and across a power line.
I never noticed until a neighbor across the road told me. Those tall trees would need a long open stretch to come down safely.
Updated: 9:36 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
By: plapman, 2:38 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
Since last year I've seen a red squirrel in my trees and on the back yard fence.
I see my neighbor has set a pail trap to catch the little guy which I applauded.
Yesterday while cutting my back lawn I found the little critter dead. He's now bagged and in the trash.
I'm not sure if it was Abbey or Crammer who put an end to it before he could do any damage to the house. My sil used to call them tree rats. He'll bother me no more. I hope there's no family members left to continue worrying me.
Updated: 3:52 PM GMT on July 24, 2014
By: plapman, 12:06 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
Assiniboine River – Portage Diversion
•This morning, flows on the Assiniboine River into the Portage Reservoir were at 47,110 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows on the Portage Diversion are approximately 29,610 cfs and flows on the Assiniboine River dikes between Portage la Prairie and Headlingley are 17,500 cfs. Flows are expected to decline slowly.
•Flows along the Assiniboine River dikes between Portage la Prairie and Headingley will begin to gradually decrease by approximately 500 cfs per day over the next week until flows reach
•The Portage Diversion will also see a reduction in flows as the Portage Reservoir inflows are declining by more than 500 cfs per day.
Updated: 2:38 PM GMT on July 21, 2014
By: plapman, 12:04 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
Assiniboine River - Portage Diversion
Flows on the Assiniboine River at the Portage Diversion crested at 3:15 a..m. on July 15 at a flow of 51,480 cubic feet per second (cfs), slightly lower than the earlier summer crest. Flows are expected to decline slowly.
* This morning, flows on the Assiniboine River into the Portage Reservoir were at 49,090 cfs. Flows on the Portage Diversion are approximately 31,090 cfs and flows along the Assiniboine River dikes are 18,000 cfs.
Flows along the Assiniboine River dikes between Portage la Prairie and Headingley will begin to gradually decrease by approximately 500 cfs per day over the next week until the river reaches 15,000 cfs.
With the forecast decline in flows on the Assiniboine River, a controlled breach at the Hoop and Holler Bend will not be needed. As a result, the temporary flood protection work will be gradually removed and the area restored over the next week.
Lake Manitoba is forecast to peak at 814.8 feet by early August.
Levels on Lake Manitoba this morning were 814.1 ft. at Steeprock and 814.5 ft. at Westbourne. These water levels remain affected by recent strong winds on the lake.
Wind-eliminated and wind-affected inundation maps have been prepared for possible flood scenarios on Lake Manitoba and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/floodoutlook/watershed s_data_maps.html.
Updated: 12:06 PM GMT on July 19, 2014
By: plapman, 6:38 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Assiniboine River - Portage Diversion
There have been 500 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, more than 400 staff from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, 100 staff from other government departments and 120 Manitoba Hydro staff supporting flood-fighting efforts at the Hoop and Holler Bend and along the Portage Diversion, as well as helping the rural municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, St. François Xavier and Headingley prepare for high flows along the Assiniboine River dikes.
In this area, there were more than 200 pieces of heavy equipment used to protect and strengthen core infrastructure including dikes, bridges and roads by moving 500,000 cubic metres of material including more than 110 trucks hauling more than 21,000 tonnes of rock and clay.
More than 47 excavators, 48 bulldozers, seven graders, 51 rock trucks and 47 other kinds of heavy equipment from the province have been used.
Flood-fighting efforts have also required the support from 41 heavy construction contractors and trucking companies.
Flows on the Assiniboine River at the Portage Diversion have crested and are expected to decline slowly.
This morning, flows on the Assiniboine River into the Portage Reservoir were at 51,160 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows on the Portage Diversion are approximately 33,160 cfs and flows along the Assiniboine River dikes are 18,000 cfs.
It is expected the diversion will handle excess flows and 18,000 cfs will be maintained on the Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Headingley until the second crest has passed.
The Hoop and Holler Bend remains ready to use for a controlled breach if an urgent situation arises.
Updated: 12:04 PM GMT on July 18, 2014
By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
The Manitoba government has issued its latest flood update. Steve Ashton, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, says they're continuing to deal with a challenging situation but some parts of the province are starting to move into the recovery and rebuilding stage. Ashton notes areas such as Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin and to some degree even Lake Winnipeg are still looking ahead to further challenges over the next several weeks and months. He says we're clearly going to be dealing with flooding in Manitoba into the fall, adding the government is taking nothing for granted.
Lee Spencer, executive director of the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, notes since the weekend they've deployed a thousand super sandbags to the RM of St. Laurent and two thousand super sandbags to the RM of Coldwell. Spencer adds they've also started to move some of their assets out of Portage la Prairie and into the Interlake. He says once the wind starts to blow, the folks in that region will experience more difficulty, noting EMO is sensitive to this and thus they're moving assets to the area to be more responsive to the needs of the lake communities.
Updated: 6:36 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
By: plapman, 11:26 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
With the second crest of the Portage diversion expected sometime today or tomorrow, the province has released it's latest flood forecast.
For the second crest, it is now believed to be similar to the first, with increased flows being believed to be caused by the recent high flows from the Qu'Appelle River and the high flows on the Souris River which hasn't declined as quickly as originally planned. With that, the second crest is expected to see increased flows between 52-53,000 cubic feet per second. Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton spoke about the forecast over the weekend, and says the diversion is prepared to handle the second crest.
"It is expected the diversion will handle up to 35,000 cfs, and 18,000 will be going down the Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Headingley."
Although the next crest is going to be similar to the initial crest, MIT Deputy Minister Doug McNeil says with work complete over the past week on the diversion, he notes it is prepared to handle what has been forecasted.
"Basically we have no issues on the Portage diversion to handle the 35,000 cfs that is now forecasted for it, as we continue to shore up the dikes and do fine tuning work on the dikes, including compaction, adding more clay, etc."
In related new the province has extended it's use of the Canadian Armed Forces Aurora plane until July 17. Aurora has been assisting in monitoring the dike and diversion conditions.
Updated: 7:16 PM GMT on July 15, 2014
By: plapman, 6:35 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
The Manitoba government advises a preliminary estimate of repair costs for roads and bridges in western Manitoba is in excess of $200 million. This does not include agricultural losses. Total costs for the summer flood will continue to be assessed.
Updated: 11:25 AM GMT on July 14, 2014
By: plapman, 5:59 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
•Flows on the first crest on the Assiniboine River at the Portage Reservoir crested at midnight last night at 52,100 cubic feet per second (cfs). Flows on the Portage Diversion are approximately 34,100 cfs and flow on the Assiniboine River immediately downstream of the diversion is
•The flow on the Assiniboine River below the diversion along the dikes was increased to 18,000 cfs at midnight, July 7. Flows of approximately 18,000 cfs were measured at Baie St. Paul this morning.
•Flows on the Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Headingley are expected to stay at 18,000 cfs for several days.
•Crews are monitoring the Portage Diversion channel and the dikes along Assiniboine River between Portage and Headingley.
•Rapid reaction teams are in place to respond to any problems that may appear along the diversion or dikes.
•It is unlikely a controlled release will take place at the Hoop and Holler Bend unless the dikes cannot safely contain the flow. The site remains ready to use should there be an urgent situation along the dikes.
•The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie has lifted its mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for Delta Beach along the diversion.
Qu’Appelle River, Assiniboine River and St-Lazare
•Flows on the Assiniboine River are increasing as water moves through the system. From the Shellmouth Dam to St-Lazare, these flows will be the peak flow on the river.
•Existing flood protection along the Assiniboine River is expected to be adequate for the forecast second crest.
•The Assiniboine River crested at St-Lazare yesterday evening and water levels were measured at 1,290.78 feet, approximately 0.7 ft. higher than the 2011 peak water level. Water levels are expected to remain high at St-Lazare for a day or two.
•The Assiniboine River at Miniota is near crest this morning. The high water levels are expected to last for a day or two.
•The ring dike in St-Lazare provides flood protection to 2011 levels plus four feet. Existing flood protection in St-Lazare is expected to be adequate for the crest.
•The majority of the homes in community are protected by the dike. However, there are approximately nine homes outside the dikes experiencing flooding or seepage. Three have been damaged by flood waters.
•There has been regular contact between the province and the community on flood-fighting needs and forecast water levels.
•A 35-person team of redeployed forest firefighters are on the way to St-Lazare to assist with the flood situation.
•Inflows to theShellmouth Dam have crested and are declining. The reservoir level and outflows are near crest.
•Flows on the Assiniboine River this morning in Brandon were at 33,440 cfs. A revised forecast for the second peak in Brandon shows levels will be above first peak but below 2011 levels. Peak flows are expected to last for a day or two between July 12 and 14.
•The province is using a number of different resources in the flood-fighting effort including:
◦three sandbag machines that have produced more than 334,100 sandbags with 24,100 produced in the last 24 hours alone; to date, 289,600 sandbags have been deployed with the remainder held for rapid deployment;
◦929 Tiger tube dams;
◦more than 70 pieces of heavy equipment and 110 trucks;
◦300 aqua dams; and
◦153 HESCO barriers.
•As of this morning, approximately 728 people are evacuated from their homes and communities due to flooding in 2014 including 160 evacuees related to spring flooding.
•The province is working directly with municipalities to address flooding issues. As of this morning, 56 municipalities and communities have declared a state of local emergency.
•A mobile recovery office will be set up in communities in the southwest area of Manitoba. Staff are available to answer questions and take applications for disaster financial assistance.
◦Melita – The office will be located at the Melita and Area Arena at 108 Townsend Dr. today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
◦Deloraine – The office will be located in at the community hall at 111 Caver St. N on Tuesday, July 15 from noon to 6 p.m.
◦Brandon – The office will be located on the east side of the Keystone Centre grounds on Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parkland and Northern Manitoba
•Flows on tributaries to Dauphin Lake remain high. The water level gauge on Dauphin Lake is reporting a water level of 859.8 ft. and the lake appears to be near crest.
•The Carrot River near The Pas is at 856.6 ft. today and is forecast to peak at 856.8 ft.
•The wind forecast for today results in a moderate to moderate-high wind warning for the northern shorelines of Lake Manitoba. Strong south winds will also affect Lake Winnipegosis, Lake Winnipeg and Dauphin Lake.
•Water levels on Lake Manitoba today were 814 ft. The forecast peak water level on Lake Manitoba is 814.6 ft. in early August.
Stress and Anxiety Resources
•The scale and scope of the summer flood is very challenging for affected Manitoba families. There are resources to help deal with the stress and anxiety that result from crisis situations.
•Resources are available at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/managing_stress.html.
•Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation reports sections of many provincial roads have been affected by the heavy rainfall and some roads are either closed or marked with caution. Municipal roads may also be affected, closed or have load limitations. Drive with caution and obey road closed signs.
•On all roads in southwest Manitoba, assume
Updated: 6:34 PM GMT on July 11, 2014
By: plapman, 5:25 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
There's still no decision by the province as to whether or not they will breach the Hoop and Holler bend. In a press conference this morning at the Portage spillway, Premier Greg Selinger said the situation continues to change by the hour. A projected crest of just over fifty thousand cubic feet per second is expected to hit the Portage reservoir a little later this afternoon. While that is down from the forecast high of fifty-four thousand on Friday, it's still high enough that it could test the dikes on the Assiniboine River. As for preparations, Selinger says all the work has been completed and they remain confident.
Updated: 5:58 PM GMT on July 10, 2014
By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on July 08, 2014
The province expects "significant" water flows will arrive soon to the Central Plains. Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton says a crest on the Assiniboine River is expected to arrive from the west within the next 24 hours. Ashton says the region near Portage La Prairie, will see a "very significant crest" by midnight tonight.
The Assiniboine River crest is expected to arrive at the Portage Diversion no later than tomorrow morning, between 9 a.m. and noon. Water levels will continue to rise quickly as the crest approaches and is forecast to reach 50,500 to 51,500 cubic feet per second (cfs).
As the crest approaches Portage la Prairie, flows on the Portage Diversion and the lower Assiniboine River will be increased. The flows on the Assiniboine River downstream of the diversion will be increased to 18,000 cfs.
As for the potential of a controlled release on the Hoop and Holler, Ashton says preparations for a possible release are almost complete. He continues to stress a controlled release would only be used as a last resort to prevent an uncontrolled breach.
Updated: 5:24 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
By: plapman, 4:18 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
Manitoba is preparing to deliberately flood a swath of land and threaten 150 homes as it struggles to contain a torrent of flood water coming from Saskatchewan.
Premier Greg Selinger told a hastily assembled press conference Friday night that more water is pouring into the province than officials predicted just a few hours ago.
“We’ve seen the water move more rapidly than anticipated, at higher levels,” Selinger said. “Preparations are underway for a controlled breach at the Hoop and Holler Bend to reduce the high possibility of an uncontrolled breach.”
Selinger ordered the same measure in 2011, deliberately flooding the same 225 square kilometres and threatening 150 homes to save hundreds more downstream. Work preparing the cut is expected to begin Saturday with a deliberate breach coming as early as Monday.
The move came just hours after Selinger declared a provincial state of emergency and called on the Canadian military to help protect 200 rural homes from a surge of floodwater coming from Saskatchewan. The summer flood caused by torrential rain last weekend could topple records set in 2011, Selinger said.
From Canadian Press
Updated: 4:21 PM GMT on July 07, 2014
By: plapman, 3:00 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
The Manitoba government advises significant flows are expected along the Assiniboine River starting today.
Lower Assiniboine River
•Work is underway on three fronts to prepare for and manage high flows on the lower Assiniboine River between the Portage Diversion and Headingley.
•The work is being done in partnership with provincial government staff and contractors, local municipalities and the Canadian Armed Forces.
•Assiniboine River Dikes
◦Crews are addressing 12 areas to reinforce the dikes over the next two days.
◦Three provincial sandbag machines are in the area producing sandbags needed to reinforce the dikes.
◦Canadian Armed Forces personnel are beginning to arrive and are supporting sandbag and other reinforcement work now underway.
◦Dikes will be monitored on a 24-hour basis.
◦The dikes are being reinforced to handle 18,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) over the next several days.
◦Approximately 200 homes along the dikes are being protected. Many homes and farms have dikes in place from 2011 or dikes that were built since the 2011 flood.
◦Work is continuing at the Portage Diversion including reinforcing and topping up the dikes along the channel.
◦This work will allow the diversion to handle flows of 34,000 cfs.
◦Some water will flow through the failsafe, particularly near Lake Manitoba. This is part of normal operations when flows are high.
•Hoop and Holler Controlled Release
◦The controlled release will only be used if high flows pose a serious risk of a potential uncontrolled breach along the Assiniboine River dikes.
◦Work is underway to prepare the area where the release will be made.
◦Approximately 150 homes in the potential inundation zone are being protected.
•The controlled release is a safety valve for the Assiniboine River flows to ensure communities and homes are protected.
•The release of up to 5,000 cfs would direct water into the La Salle watershed near Elm River, the Elm River Channel, the Elm River Relief Channel, the Scott Coulee, the Scott Drain and the La Salle River downstream of the Elie dam and reservoir.
•As the crest is likely to be very sharp and of short duration, the Hoop and Holler controlled release point may only be use for one to two days.
•The use of the Hoop and Holler controlled release will depend on the capacity of the Portage Diversion and Assiniboine River dikes east of Portage la Prairie, along with future weather and forecast updates.
•Similar to the 2011 flood, approximately 150 homes in the potential inundation zone are being protected in case the controlled release is required.
•There will be limited access to these areas while crews are working and access to overhead airspace will be limited.
•Assistance will be available to help residents who may be affected by flooding caused by this controlled release.
•Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports the wind forecast for tomorrow results in a high wind warning for the south shore of Lake Winnipeg and a
moderate-high wind warning for the south shoreline of Lake Manitoba.
◦The winds on Lake Winnipeg could increase water levels by three to five feet in the south basin of the lake along with significant wave action on southern shorelines.
◦The winds on Lake Manitoba could increase water levels by two to three feet in the south basin of the lake along with considerable wave action on southern shorelines.
•The Manitoba government has set up a command post near Portage la Prairie to support local municipalities and the efforts to reinforce the Assiniboine River dikes.
•A provincial state of emergency was declared yesterday and affects the city of Portage la Prairie and the rural municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, St. François Xavier, Headingley, and the municipalities of Grey and MacDonald will be added. The province will assist municipalities and property owners, who are advised to prepare for 2011 levels plus one foot.
•The province is developing a list of provincial employees to volunteer to assist in the flood-fighting efforts. Volunteers can connect with their department contacts.
• There will be considerable activity along the dikes and diversion. Residents are advised to be cautious and watch for heavy equipment moving in the areas around the dikes.
•Manitobans are strongly advised to stay away from flooded areas to ensure their safety.
•A mobile recovery office will be set up in communities in the southwest area of Manitoba beginning with the town of Virden. Staff will be available to answer questions and take applications for disaster financial assistance.
•The mobile recovery office will be open from tomorrow to July 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will be located in the parking lot of 236 Wellington St. W (Town of Virden Office) in Virden.
•As of this morning, approximately 920 people have evacuated their homes and communities due to flooding in 2014. This includes approximately 160 evacuees from two communities due to spring flooding.
•While no evacuations are underway at this time, the City of Brandon has issued a pre-evacuation notice for residents in at-risk areas north and south of the river. If needed, evacuation centres will be located at the Assiniboine Community College North Hill Campus and the Keystone Centre.
•While no evacuations are underway at this time, the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie has issued a precautionary notice of the possible evacuation of 20 properties on Hackberry Avenue Far West at Delta on the south shore of Lake Manitoba.
•As of Friday morning, 50 municipalities and communities have declared a state of local emergency. New declarations include the rural municipality of Silver Creek, St. Laurent and
the O-Chi-Chak-Ko Sipi First Nation.
•Several flood warnings, watches and high water advisories remain in place. A new flood watch has been issued for the Assiniboine River from the Portage Diversion to Headingley. The flood warning for streams and trains in the Parkland region has been lowered to a flood watch.
•STARS will be used to respond to medical emergencies in the flood zone and has resumed
inter-facility transfers today to support flood operations.
•A rescue helicopter from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship is on standby in Brandon to undertake rescues as needed. Since the helicopter arrived Tuesday afternoon, it has not flown any rescue missions.
•In addition, the Office of the Fire Commissioner has deployed a water rescue team in Brandon to support emergency water rescues.
•The Assiniboine River at Brandon is forecast to peak at 34,000 to 35,000 cfs near midnight tonight. The peak water flow at Brandon during the 2011 flood was 36,730 cfs. The permanent flood protection dikes built following the 2011 flood are designed to provide adequate flood protection for the current forecast levels.
•A second crest of approximately 31,000 cfs is expected on the Assiniboine River at Brandon around July 17.
•The City of Brandon is taking steps to reduce the effects of flooding in the community.
•The Assiniboine River at the Portage Reservoir is forecast to peak at 51,000 to 52,000 cfs on or around July 8 to 9, assuming ideal weather.
•The Portage Diversion is operating, with flows on the Assiniboine River above the diversion at 27,970 cfs. The diversion is currently redirecting 17,335 cfs and flows on the Assiniboine River downstream of the diversion are 10,600 cfs. Flows are being increased to 13,000 cfs today.
•There is overbank flooding in the Assiniboine River valley between the Shellmouth Dam and Brandon.
•The water level on the Shellmouth Reservoir has increased to 1,413.1 feet. Inflows to the reservoir are approximately 11,940 cfs today while outflows from the reservoir are approximately 8,080 cfs.
•The Shellmouth Reservoir water levels are forecast to peak at approximately 1,416.9 ft. on
Assiniboine River Tributaries
•Flows on the Qu’Appelle River are starting to increase again as more water moves through the system.
•Water levels and flows on the Souris River is near crest at Melita. Water levels rose by 0.2 ft. at the town of Souris and by 0.2 ft. at Wawanesa. Manitoba government staff are working with local officials to make appropriate preparations.
•The forecast peak at the town of Souris tomorrow will be at 16,000 to 17,000 cfs and a water level of 1,357.5 to 1,358.2 ft.
•The forecast peak at Wawanesa is 15,120 cfs and a water level of 1,155 to 1,155.5 ft. between today and tomorrow.
•Whitewater Lake is at a historic high of 1,633.5 ft.
•The Winnipeg River system is experiencing very high flows due to significantly higher-than-normal precipitation in eastern Manitoba and northwest Ontario.
•Water levels at Nutimik Lake dropped slightly to 908.3 ft.
•Water levels on the Swan River at the town of Swan River crested yesterday at levels similar to what was experienced in 2006.
•Permanent flood protection dikes are providing adequate protection. Manitoba government staff is working with local officials to monitor the situation.
•Current levels on Dauphin Lake are 859.7 ft. The forecast peak water level on Dauphin Lake is 860 to 860.4 ft., due to recent rains. The peak water level in 2011 was 861.14 ft.
•Flood stage on Dauphin Lake is 858 ft. and the summer target level is 855 ft.
Updated: 12:32 PM GMT on July 08, 2014
By: plapman, 12:42 PM GMT on July 05, 2014
Story and photo from portageonline.com
Premier Greg Selinger says the flood forecast is looking much worse than initially anticipated. Earlier in the day Selinger declared a provincial state of emergency as concerns over flooding across southern Manitoba. The premier says since their initial announcement, things have become much worse and they're preparing to breach Hoop and Holler bend.
"We are now looking at a higher crest and the water is moving more quickly than anticipated. Our forecasters are now expecting the Assiniboine River to crest in Brandon tomorrow, and Portage la Prairie Tuesday. Preparations are underway for a controlled beach at Hoop and Holler Bend to reduce the high possibility of an uncontrolled breach."
Selinger says they're now working with armed forces to ensure they have enough resources in place, at the right time, to handle the coming water.
"We've updated the Canadian forces with these new projections and the need for more resources, more quickly. In the last hour I've spoken to officials in the affected municipalities. Our priority remains the safety of Manitobans and doing everything we can to protect homes and businesses."
RM of Portage la Prairie Reeve Kam Blight said he had some concerns about a deliberate breach earlier in the day, but hoped it wouldn't come to that. The Hoop and Holler Bend was also the site of a controlled breach in 2011.
Assistant Deputy Minister for Manitoba's Emergency Measures Organization Lee Spencer says they're now working to prepare those in the area for the breach.
"We'll be distributing the inundation maps this evening to those municipal government to help them begin notifying those people in the inundation zone of the fact that they'll need some flood protection. With the army arriving, and with this additional workload, beyond just preparing for 18,000 on the river, we expect provincial works to begin to help those people protect their property as early as tomorrow."
The province notes they'll be looking at what they've learned from the flood of 2011 to help prevent similar challenges this year.
Water just off the 227 Highway Detour
Updated: 2:59 PM GMT on July 06, 2014
By: plapman, 2:02 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
Written by Brendon Harris from Portageonline.com
It's crunch time in St. Francois Xavier, as the RM prepares for the coming water. The province is set to increase the outflow at the Portage Diversion this weekend from just just over 10,000 cubic feet per second, to 15,000. The RM's Chief Administrative Officer Robert Poirier says at this point, they're preparing for the worst.
"Because of the rains over the last few days, the province's massively increased the forecast of water coming down the Assiniboine River in our direction. They expect the worst case right now to be 47,000 cubic feet per second entering into the Portage reservoir. The worst case, proceeding east down the river, they're saying it's 15,000 but it could go higher than that. That's coming close to what came down in 2011."
He says RM staff are currently working to help prevent any major damage from the rising water levels.
"We're doing a number of things. We've warned the people we knew had difficulties in 2011. We did surveys with property owners along the dike to confirm where there's weak spots or points of increased seepage so we can pass that on to the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation so they can get crews out to deal with that sort of thing. We're also making free, empty sandbags available to people if the need them."
While the RM is taking their proactive measures, they're also asking those in the area to do their part. Poirier says there are multiple steps residents can take to help prevent extreme flood damage to their homes.
"It's expected to last as much as three weeks, and that's without another major rain event. People, if they're low enough, should think about building dikes, either sandbag dikes or dirt dikes. If they're close to the river they should think about getting a second sump pump because there will be increased water infiltration through the weeping tile. If the infiltration is enough they may think about getting standby power, in case the hydro goes out."
He adds the RM is providing localized flood updates to its residents through it's website, in order to keep them informed.
From My Basement Window
By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
From CBC News
Hundreds of Manitobans have been forced out of their homes since flooding battered parts of the province and neighbouring Saskatchewan over the weekend.
As of Wednesday, about 500 people in Manitoba have left their homes because of the flooding, and 41 municipalities have declared a state of local emergency due to flooding following a weekend of torrential rains.
They include the city of Brandon; the towns of Birtle, Deloraine, Hartney, Melita, Oak Lake, Roblin and Virden; the villages of Elkhorn and Winnipegosis; the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation; and 30 rural municipalities.
Updated: 2:01 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
By: plapman, 10:32 PM GMT on July 01, 2014
David Single from PortageOnline.com
Like 30 other municipalities, the RM of Westbourne's under a state of local emergency, after the recent rain. Reeve David Single says there's water over roads, and culverts are washed out. He's disappointed with government's lack of response to water levels on Lake Manitoba.
"We had the meeting last week of municipalities around the lake, and the province didn't seem to be keying into the fact that the lake's getting pretty high. Well, this is going to put it over the top. They had a flood warning out around the lake last night, they finally clued into it. And this is going to put the levels up well above flood levels, so that's another big concern."
Single adds, while Westbourne doesn't have much direct contact with the Lake Manitoba shore, the Whitemud River drains into it.
"So when the lake goes up, the river backs up, so there's quite an area in that Westbourne area where there probably is already field flooding. In fact, I was talking to a guy just on Friday night, and he said it was already backing out of the lake, so there's going to be quite a bit of crop damage around there, too. And they were lucky enough to get a crop in, and nor there's going to be nothing left."
Single says the RM will have to adjust its plans for the summer.
"Instead of getting roads built that we planned on this year, we're going to spend of this year just repairing flood damage, again. And it just seems to be happening more and more often, and I just don't know what the answer is. As far as this year, how long is this going to last? Well, if it would stop raining, in a week or two it would be better. You a couple more rains, it's going to last a long time."
Updated: 12:30 PM GMT on July 03, 2014