More news on the Assiniboine R Flooding

By: plapman , 12:31 PM GMT on May 11, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers early this morning. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. The wind becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. A high of 9C(48F) is forecast.
Tonight will be overcast with the wind north at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be 2C(36F).
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The yougest daughter took the day off from school yesterday to go sandbagging. She was working at Elie which is on the Lasalle River. The Lasalle R watershed will pick up extra water if the breach is made.
The Assiniboine r is expected to crest today or tomorrow. The RM of portage has issued a voluntary exvavacucuation order for the 150 residances that will be affected if the controlled breach is done. Once the dyke is cut it will be a mandatory evacution. The cutting of the dyke will be made on the south dyke and wil not affect the city of Portage la Prairie.
Lake Manitoba has reached the upper level to the point where it will ause overland flooding if a strong north wind pushes tthe southern end of the lake higher. The high levels of the lake are caused by the input of water from the Portage Diversion.
A picture from Portage Online showing the area that could be flodded if Lake Manitoba rises.

My daughter took me for a road trip to the diversion where it crosses the Trans-canada highway. The diversion is still within the original dykes and hasn't reached the reinforced dykes. I called the old workmates at the control structure and they told me the the diversion was taking 24000 cu. ft. per second. This is a 1000 cu. ft. below its design capacity but they expect to push more water to the lake than it was designed to handle with the reinforced dyking in place.

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3. GardenGrrl
8:18 AM GMT on May 12, 2011
The flooding this year is another one of those nearly incomprehensible disasters this year.

Very cool of your daughter to go help with the sand bagging. Bet your proud to have raised "take action" kids.
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2:04 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Morning Tony following with interest the goings on in your part of the world. Just hard to comprehend the situation, have to wonder how to you control a breached dyke from breaking down further than what you want?
Windy and cool remains the order of the day for us, will accept this, and hope the drastic measures mentioned not required out west.
Stay dry.

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1. Alleyoops
1:13 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Good morning Tony. Hope all remains dry for you in Portage. That is quite a large flood area showing on the map. Another nice day for us, a bit windy but temps going up into the mid 70s today with lots of sunshine. I think I will be out puttering in the garden in a bit. If I feel up to it, I may even do a bit of mowing. Looks like tomorrow will be much the same but with a bit of rain in the forecast. Sure nice to see these temps again. I turned off the furnace this morning and will only use it if needed to take the chill out of the house. Time to start saving fuel costs...

Have a wonderful day dear one. I am sure you will be looking forward to tomorrow as its that special day for the Queen. Are you going to cook for her would be the time to make something special for her. If you need any help let me know, I am only a few keystrokes away...LOL
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