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 , 12:31 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
>From MY Basement Window
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).
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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