Lake Manitoba update: Jan. 28, 2018

It has been a week of little change. The level of Lake Manitoba is down ever so slightly to 811.97 feet. Fairford flows declined to 6,498 cfs. Inflow from the Waterhen River also fell to 2,790 cfs. Flow on the Whitemud remains a trickle at 11 cfs. Lake St. Martin is up slightly to 802.11 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is slightly lower this week to 832.31 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is up slightly, to 671 cfs at Holland and 719 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir continues to drop and is now 1,395.87 feet.

River update
Time: 09:30 AM January 28, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 671 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 719 cfs
Waterhen: 2,790 cfs
Whitemud: 11 cfs
Fairford: 6,498 cfs

Lake update
Time: 09:30 AM January 28, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.95 ft
Westbourne: 812.00 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.97 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.11
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.31 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1395.87 ft

Lake Manitoba update: Jan. 21, 2018

It has been a slow and steady week. The level of Lake Manitoba continues to fall and is now under 812.0 feet, sitting this morning at 811.98 feet. Fairford flows continue to fall and the current flow is 6,604 cfs. That is more than double the main inflow from the Waterhen River (2,843 cfs). Flow on the Whitemud remains very low at just 9 cfs. Lake St. Martin, however, continues to rise, and is now 802.09 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is slightly lower this week to 832.32 feet. The gauge at Holland on the Assiniboine was calibrated this week, and the flow readings now make more sense. Flow on the Assiniboine is low, being 625 cfs at Holland and 657 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir continues to drop and is now 1,396.16 feet.

River update
Time: 10:00 AM January 21, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 625 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 657 cfs
Waterhen: 2,843 cfs
Whitemud: 9 cfs
Fairford: 6,604 cfs

Lake update
Time: 10:00 AM January 21, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.97 ft
Westbourne: 812.00 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.98 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.09
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.32 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1396.16 ft

Lake Manitoba update: Jan. 14, 2018

Most of the gauges were calibrated this week so we have a much better picture of winter conditions on the lakes and rivers. The Westbourne gauge is back up after a long period out of service, and with it, we now have an estimate of Lake Manitoba’s level: 812.08 feet. Fairford flows continue to fall (as expected with growing ice): the current flow is 6,886 cfs. The gauge on the Waterhen River is now functional and it is flowing at 3,072 cfs. Flow on the Whitemud is just 5 cfs. This means that Lake Manitoba should continue to fall over the remainder of the winter. Lake St. Martin continues to rise, and is now sitting at 802.00 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is slightly higher this week to 832.37 feet. The gauge on the Assiniboine at Headingly was calibrated this week and is showing a flow of 646 cfs. The gauge at Holland remains ice affected. The Shellmouth Reservoir continues to drop and is now 1,396.52 feet.

River update
Time: 09:30 AM January 14, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: gauge ice affected
Assiniboine at Headingly: 646 cfs
Waterhen: 3,072 cfs
Whitemud: 5 cfs
Fairford: 6,886 cfs

Lake update
Time: 09:30 AM January 14, 2018
Steep Rock: 812.09 ft
Westbourne: 812.07 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 812.08 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.00
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.37 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1396.52 ft

Fred Pisclevich

Many of you knew Fred Pisclevich from Twin Lakes Beach from his work in the community and with politicians on behalf of those affected by flooding on Lake Manitoba.  Fred succumbed to his traumatic brain injury sustained last February.

The Pisclevich family lost their home to the flood. Through his determination, he and the family rebuilt their home. He worked with politicians and media ensuring that the destruction caused by the flood was known. He was instrumental in a class action lawsuit with the government that is before the courts. 

Fred will be remembered as a good friend and neighbor – always ready with a helping hand or advice. He leaves his wife, Judy, three daughters and their families. His five grandchildren were a source of joy throughout his life.

Our heartfelt condolences to the Pisclevich family. He will be missed.

Lake Manitoba update: Jan. 7, 2018

The cold weather has been affecting gauges all over the map. The Westbourne gauge remains offline, but the Steep Rock gauge is back up and reporting a lake level of 812.12 feet. Flow on the Fairford River is again down slightly to 7,098 cfs: this is expected with the very cold weather. The gauge on the Waterhen River is reporting flows of roughly 8,500 cfs, but this is almost certainly too high. The gauge has not been calibrated since ice up and the level of Lake Manitoba is not rising. The level of Lake St. Martin is, however, rising steadily and has now reached 801.95 feet. Flow on the Whitemud River has pretty much stopped, registering 1 cfs this morning. The gauges on the Assiniboine appear ice affected and are fluctuating wildly. The Shellmouth Reservoir continues to drop and is now 1,396.85 feet.

River update
Time: 11:00 AM January 7, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: gauge ice affected
Assiniboine at Headingly: gauge ice affected
Waterhen: gauge ice affected
Whitemud: 1 cfs
Fairford: 7,098 cfs

Lake update
Time: 11:00 AM January 7, 2018
Steep Rock: 812.12 ft
Westbourne: gauge offline
Mean level Lake Manitoba: no data
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 801.95 ft
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.30 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1396.85 ft