This is a Manitoba Emergency Alert issued by Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization
The Manitoba Hydrologic Forecasting Centre has issued a moderate to moderately high Wind Warning for June 12 for the south Lake Manitoba areas. Wind speed and direction could raise levels by as much as two to three feet on the southeast shore and one to two feet on the south shore.
Lake Manitoba South Basin
We’ve just been advised that the open house planned for June 18, 2014 by the Province in Ashern to share information regarding channel outlet options is being postponed due to need to reallocate staff resources to deal with the high water situation on Lake Manitoba.
Dr Scott Forbes has provided an analysis and commentary on the Province’s recent announcement of their intention to reopen the Lake St Martin emergency channel:
The Province of Manitoba has announced that it has applied to the Federal Government to open the ‘emergency channel’ from Lake St. Martin to address flooding on Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. A Free Press article today (11 June) indicated that the purpose of opening the channel was ‘to lower a rising Lake Manitoba.’
For Lake Manitobans, this action by the Selinger government is the rough equivalent of going to the doctor and receiving a sugar pill to deal with a broken leg: it is a placebo, nothing more.
The primary value is political, to allow water stewards to appear to be doing something when in fact they have not yet addressed the underlying problem: the outflow from Lake Manitoba is too small to cope with the extra and artificial inflow from the Portage Diversion.
Opening the emergency channel this summer will have no effect on the level of Lake Manitoba before winter. Zero. None. Nil. Nothing.
The emergency channel exits from Lake St. Martin and lowers the level of that lake. It will be useful there, as the water level on Lake St. Martin this summer is high. However, given that the residents of Lake St. Martin have yet to return home more than three years after they were evacuated, it will also have little effect on them.
The emergency channel allows more water to be drained out of Lake Manitoba over winter without flooding Lake St. Martin. Normally flows out of Lake Manitoba are reduced to prevent the buildup of frazil ice on the Dauphin River that exits Lake St. Martin. Frazil ice reduces outflow from that lake.
The primary value of the emergency channel to Lake Manitobans is to allow us to clean up faster after a flood – not to prevent flooding in the first place.</blockquote
|Public Open House
Share Your Views on the
Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Conceptual Design Study
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation is conducting a conceptual-level study for the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba watersheds to determine how future flood risks can be mitigated. Part of this study is to identify and evaluate options for enhanced Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet capacity,
A public open house has been organized to provide information on the options that are being studied, and to provide you with an opportunity to provide input and your views on this subject. The open house will provide information about:
- study scope and objectives
- preliminary outlet options for Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin
- screening-level designs and cost estimates for these options
- effectiveness and impacts of the outlet options
The public open house will be held at:
June 18 2014, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
For More Information Contact:
Colin Siepman, P. Eng. Senior Project Manager, KGS Phone: 204-896-1209
This time at Westbourne….thanks again Gloria! To others – please share your pics! Mail them to email@example.com
Here are some more pictures from Gloria showing Lake Manitoba starting to go beyond its “brim”. This ones from Lynch’s Point. Showing a culvert now drowning in water. Thanks Gloria again for sharing.