Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity was doing “The same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ” yet that is exactly where Manitobans find themselves today as a result of the current management of Lake Manitoba.
Today, in the Winnipeg Free Press, an article raises serious questions about the dangerous situation which has been allowed to re-occur on Lake Manitoba over this summer. It also places a spotlight on the rationale behind these decisions – and their impact – which are equally disturbing.
ALMS is deeply concerned about this situation, and is awaiting word from the Province on their action plan to avoid a repeat of the series of decisions which resulted in the $1.5 billion dollar flood of 2011. ALMS is alarmed that current actions by the Government of Manitoba seem to be repeating the erroneous path of decisions which lead to the disastrous flood of 2011. Due primarily to the recent use of the Portage Diversion, we again find an intentional series of decisions have resulted in Lake Manitoba now well beyond its operating range. We face a similar situation to that faced in the winter before the flood of 2011 – a large body of water, less than 100 miles from Winnipeg, has been intentionally filled beyond its operating capacity, with no safety margin or capacity to handle a flood emergency. The damage last time cost over $1.5 billion dollars, has hurt people, and a $500 Million class action lawsuit sits unresolved. Two years later, we see the Province has put the Lake into a similar situation – When will this insanity cease?
Here is an excerpt of the article in today’s Winnipeg Free Press where Dr. Scott Forbes points out the issues behind the latest decisions to raise the Lake to its current state:
Lake Manitoba has swollen to dangerously high levels yet again and residents around the lake are wondering why. Rising water levels in spring are no surprise, but what is surprising is most of this rise is due to an extended operation of the Portage Diversion for what appear to be gratuitous reasons.
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