Flood Protection In Manitoba

By: plapman , 1:25 PM GMT on February 22, 2013

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -6C(21F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy but clearing before morning. The overnight low will be -15C(6f).
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With the warmer weather starting to appear on the prairie Abey and me are getting out for our daily walks again. Yesterday we took to the gopher trails but Abbey refuses to go into the deep snow. She sure is smart.:)
Yesterday i heard that the flood forecast will be released next week. I've heard hearsay that some of the cottage owners along lake Manitoba have been warned to expect another flooding of Lake Manitoba. and that the gates at Shellmouth Dam have been lowered to lower the reservoir level to accommodate more water. The Shellmouth Dam is a 75 foot high earth dam located on the Assiniboine River upstream of Russel Manitoba.
When I was working we used to make yearly trips to Shellmouth to monitor the dam.
There are pins driven into the ground that were measured to check for movement both horizontally and vertically to 1/100th of a foot, piezometers (wells) to check for seepage hand slope holes that in instrument was lowered into that gave the angle of the bore hole. it usually took a 4 man crew 2 weeks to complete the monitoring.

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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:09 PM GMT on February 23, 2013
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3. Alleyoops
11:58 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
LOL, this guy went to Canadian Tire and bought all their equipment, then went to home depot, got theirs, went on and cleaned out TSC and even Beaver Lumber....

Boy would I love to have that workshop. Wouldn't you Tony.
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2. shoreacres
10:56 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
I just was thinking about the Mississippi being a bit "up" from the historic lows of last year, and was wondering how things would be for you. I guess if I had to make a choice I'd got for too much water rather than too little - though of course I'd rather have just enough!

I happened upon this video - posted it in my blog but thought I'd bring it over here in case you missed it there. And there's this article, too. The guy's a Canadian!

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1. Alleyoops
7:31 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
Oh Tony, this is so cool. Thanks for putting this information up. Yes it's almost that time of the year again with the big melts that all lie along the watershed, that flooding is a problem. I doubt we will see much flooding here along the Thames because we were fortunate to have those melts in between. Still the water levels in the Great Lakes are down and that is not a good sign for shipping.
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