Lake Manitoba update: August 28, 2016

Even though we are still in the heat of summer, Lake Manitoba rose slightly this week to 811.91 feet. Wind has pushed water to the northeast, which raises the north basin and the outflow at Fairford, that rose to 6,142 cfs. This is still below the inflow from the Waterhen River at 6,283 cfs, which is a big reason why the lake is not dropping. Flow on the Whitemud remains low at 120 cfs. The level of Lake St. Martin fell to 800.30 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is low, currently 2,330 cfs at Headingly.

River update
Time: 9:00 AM August 28, 2016
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: no data
Assiniboine at Headingly: 2,330 cfs
Waterhen: 6,283 cfs
Whitemud: 120 cfs
Fairford: 6,142 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 9:00 AM August 28, 2016
Steep Rock: 811.98 ft
Westbourne: 811.84 ft
Mean level: 811.91 ft
Lake St. Martin: 800.30 ft

New novel about Lake Manitoba and its early Icelandic settlers

A local author, Karen Emilson, has just published a historic novel about Lake Manitoba and its Icelandic community: Be Still the Water. It is a fictional account of an Icelandic family who settle near the Narrows at Siglunes. The story begins just after the turn of the last century, and follows the Gudmundson family over the next seven decades. Flooding lurks in the background of the narrative, making it an even more compelling read for Lake Manitobans. Karen has spent great effort to be historically accurate, and I learned much from it about the early history of settlement along the lake.

The book is getting excellent reviews, and a description can be found on Amazon where it can be purchased (it’s also in local bookstores including McNally Robinson):

https://www.amazon.ca/Be-Still-Water-Karen-Emilson/dp/1535408081/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Scott Forbes

Lake Manitoba update: August 21, 2016

Lake Manitoba remains at the upper end of its operating range, and is currently sitting at 811.85 feet. Outflow at Fairford is 5,613 cfs, below the inflow from the Waterhen River, which is currently 6,283 cfs. Waterhen flow out of Lake Winnipegosis remains about 50% above its long-term average level and will continue to keep Lake Manitoba high until the level of Lake Winnipegosis drops.

Flow on the Whitemud is low at 120 cfs. The level of Lake St. Martin is currently to 800.41 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is reaching its summer lows and is 2,471 cfs at Holland, and 2,330 cfs at Headingly.

River update
Time: 8:00 AM August 21, 2016
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 2,471 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 2,330 cfs
Waterhen: 6,283 cfs
Whitemud: 120 cfs
Fairford: 5,613 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 8:00 AM August 21, 2016
Steep Rock: 811.78 ft
Westbourne: 811.93 ft
Mean level: 811.85 ft
Lake St. Martin: 800.41 ft

Lake Manitoba update: August 7, 2016

This week has been a bit of setback for the lake. Lake Manitoba rose to 811.98 feet from 811.81 feet last week. Outflow at Fairford is currently 6,001 cfs, lower than the inflow from the Waterhen, which is currently 6,354 cfs.

Lake Winnipegosis, which feeds the Waterhen, is about 2 feet above its long-term average level, which is keeping Waterhen flows high this summer. Until the level of Lake Winnipegosis subsides, we will see Lake Manitoba remaining high.

Flow on the Whitemud is down to 102 cfs. The level of Lake St. Martin is up to 800.52 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is falling and is 2,542 cfs at Holland, and 2,771 cfs at Headingly.

River update
Time: 8:30 AM August 7, 2016
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 2,965 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 2,771 cfs
Waterhen: 6,354 cfs
Whitemud: 102 cfs
Fairford: 6,001 cfs
 
Lake update
Time: 8:30 AM August 7, 2016
Steep Rock: 811.94 ft
Westbourne: 812.01 ft
Mean level: 811.98 ft
Lake St. Martin: 800.52 ft