Flood update: September 30

South winds are pushing water into the north basin of Lake Manitoba, but the Steep Rock gauge is currently offline. Lake Manitoba remains well above flood level.

Environment Canada marine forecast (3:00 AM CDT)
 
Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind south 15 knots increasing to southeast 20 to 25 early this morning then veering to southwest 20 near noon Wednesday.

River update
Time: 7:00 AM Sept 30
Portage Diversion: closed
Lower Assiniboine: 8,578 cfs
Waterhen: 7,484 cfs
Whitemud: 388 cfs
Fairford: 14,473 cfs cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 7:00 AM Sept 30
Steep Rock: no data
Westbourne: 814.01 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.62 ft

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Flood update: September 29

Lake Manitoba remains well above flood level.

Environment Canada marine forecast (3:00 AM CDT)
 
Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind northeast 10 to 15 knots veering to southeast 10 to 15 this afternoon then increasing to southeast 20 near noon Tuesday.

River update
Time: 6:00 AM Sept 29
Portage Diversion: closed
Lower Assiniboine: 8,825 cfs
Waterhen: no data
Whitemud: 388 cfs
Fairford: 13,873 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 6:00 AM Sept 29
Steep Rock: 814.22 ft
Westbourne: 814.37 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.74 ft

ALMS Meeting with Minister Ashton and Doug McNeil

September 18, 2014

ALMS Meeting with Minister Steve Ashton and DM Doug McNeil

ALMS executive present: President Cheryl Smith, Treasurer Jane Hook and Director Roger Gillis

The meeting was a professional courtesy extended to the members of ALMS to preview the content of that evening’s meeting held in Ashern.

  • Technical info on 2011 emergency outlet (the use of which must be approved by DFO)
  • The need for additional outlets – six investigated: preliminary studies may favour options “C“ and “D“.
  • 2 engineering reports suggest an outlay of $300 million to increase outflow by 5,000 cfs and $450 million to increase outflow to 7,500 cfs. The anticipated drop in lake levels: 0.08 ft vs 1.1 ft
  • Looking at start to finish from April 2013 – 7 years (2020)
  • Feds notified. Historic relocation of (many) communities.  Must go through DFO and First Nations to get approval. Environmental concerns to be studied.
  • On a question posed by Cheryl Smith: alternate reservoirs, retention ponds, improved berms. etc. to be studied and considered to reduce the impact of opening the Portage Diversion. e. not just increasing outflow, but reducing the need for it.
  • ALMS has been advised it will be part of the process when establishing the new Portage Diversion operating guidelines
  • To start this process, the ALMS executive (Cheryl Smith, Don Clarkson, Jane Hook, Roger Gillis, Scott Greenlay are available) has been invited to present to the Minister of MIT and the Premier Oct. 6th at 2:30 at the Legislature.

Flood update: September 27

The Lake Manitoba gauges are down this morning. Lake Manitoba, however, remains well above flood level.

Environment Canada marine forecast (3:00 AM CDT)
 
Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind south 15 knots diminishing to north 10 this morning then increasing to north 20 late this afternoon.

River update
Time: 9:00 AM Sept 27
Portage Diversion: closed
Lower Assiniboine: 9213 cfs
Waterhen: 8437 cfs
Whitemud: 392 cfs
Fairford: 14,685 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 9:00 AM Sept 27
Steep Rock: no data
Westbourne: no data
Lake St. Martin: 802.69 ft

Flood update: September 26

A bad for the gauges: most are down this morning. Lake Manitoba, however, remains well above flood level.

Environment Canada marine forecast (3:00 AM CDT)
 
Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind south 15 knots increasing to south 20 to 25 early this afternoon then diminishing to southwest 15 Saturday morning. Wind diminishing to light near noon Saturday then becoming north 15 Saturday afternoon.

River update
Time: 6:30 AM Sept 26
Portage Diversion: closed
Lower Assiniboine: no data
Waterhen: no data
Whitemud: no data
Fairford: 14,932 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 6:30 AM Sept 26
Steep Rock: 814.50 ft
Westbourne: no data
Lake St. Martin: 802.63 ft

Flood update: September 25

Lake Manitoba remains well above flood level.

Environment Canada marine forecast (3:00 AM CDT)
 
Strong wind warning in effect.
Wind south 10 knots increasing to south 15 to 20 early this afternoon and to south 20 to 25 Friday evening.

River update
Time: 8:00 AM Sept 25
Portage Diversion: closed
Lower Assiniboine: 9,743 cfs
Waterhen: 8,401 cfs
Whitemud: 406 cfs
Fairford: 14,755 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 8:00 AM Sept 25
Steep Rock: 814.47 ft
Westbourne: 814.11 ft
Mean level: 814.29 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.64 ft