A Tribute to the Military Flood Fighters

By: plapman , 12:20 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

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Today will start cloudy then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The wind becoming north at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. The jigh will only be 13C(55F).
Tonight will be clear with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening. Tonights low will be 1C(34F) with risk of frost.
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I've got the new webcam running but have forgotten my password to FTP the picture to WU. I contacted them and asked them to reset it or send it to via email. I keep my passwords in a program on the computer and have never printered them out. I have the database backed up on an external drive but infortunatly the program I used encrypts them and I can't read them.

I've made a habit of stopping any armed forces personal, here on flood duty, and thanking them for the help thier providing. It realy surprizes them but I think thier grateful for the recognition of thier work.
I worked with the Princess Patrica Canadian Light Infintry in Emerson Manitoba in 1979. Those guys go all out when asked to do something. My job was to sit in the command post with the CO on duty and go out and inspect any reports of possible leaks the military men patrolling the dykes the found. At about 3am one morning they reported erosion on one of the the teperary dykes along the highway due to wave acton. I didn't want to call anybody out to work on the wet side of the dyke in the dark but as soon as dawn broke I asked the CO for about 30 men. hey were there in less than 20 minutes wih no breakfast. I had them roll out poly along the eroded area and hold it in place with sandbags both in the water and to the top of the dyke. Those poor soldiers were in the cold water up to thier waist with no protective waders. When my shift was over at 8am I the CO invited me for
From my Basement Window
From My Basement Windowbreakfast at thier cook tent outside a school gym where they were quartered then went to bed. When I got up around 2pm they were still in the water working but had changed personal a couple of times to let the men warm up and get dry uniforms.
Strangely the PPCLI was the same regiment my father derved in in WW2.
Those guys sure know how to party too. When the flood danger had past and they were going back to thier home barracks they flew in ,by helicopter, the regimental band consisting of pipes and drums who gave a great preformance and a twin rotor helicopter loaded with beer. The beer was sold at a no tax rate and you could get 1 bottle or a dozen case. It was a night I'll always remember. I was driven back to my motel room in the colnel's jeep along the railway tracks. lol what a rough ride that was.

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6. plapman
10:47 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Good morning Alley.
The Queen backed out on Captain Jack again. She thinks the lineup at the door will be too long and is waiting till it's been shown longer before going.
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5. unclemush
11:50 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Wow Nice webcam! :)
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4. Ylee
11:45 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
I see you have your new cam up! Looks good!
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3. unclemush
6:02 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Hi Tony.:)
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2. Ylee
4:05 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Can't wait to see the new cam!
That was a great story about your experience with the PPCLI! Our National Guard here in the States do a lot of the work the PPCLI do up there.
Enjoy your day!
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1. Alleyoops
3:01 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Good morning Tony...yes our Military people are to be commended for stepping up when needed and it does not matter the kind of conditions they are asked to serve in. I remember when the Army came to help dig Toronto out of that big snowstorm and how helpful they were escorting people through the snow to get to hospitals etcs. They sure make us proud in all the duties they are handed around the world without complaining. Bless the Canadian Soldier.

Going to be a warm day here, temps in the low 80s so I guess I should bring the BBQ out of the garage and clean it up ready for use.

Have a wonderful day dear one. Sorry that the poor Queen has been so tired but it probably is taking a lot out of her worrying about you, working and keeping up the home. Captain Jack can wait, sleep is more important. There is always the afternoon matinees too on her day off.
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