We have a bit of a problem in our neighbourhood. We are experiencing a flood. If you’re able to volunteer to help with sandbagging properties affected by flood waters, esp. on Darlington Bay in Keewatin, please call 547-2683 to register as a community volunteer.
As you know, we had a lot of snow last Winter. That wasn’t a problem. That was fun!
But then it melted…
And now it’s raining. We’ve had a lot of rain. Elizabeth says that to the south of us, they’ve had even more rain than we have.
We live on the Nelson River System, closer to the beginning of it than the end. It’s a huge system in North America, draining part of the northern USA and a huge area of Central Canada through Lake of the Woods, the Winnipeg River, Lake Winnipeg and out the Nelson River to Hudson’s Bay and the Arctic Ocean. We live on a tributary to the headwaters of the Winnipeg River called Darlington Bay, right below a dam at the very beginning of the Winnipeg River.
Because of all the water coming north, important people in Ottawa and Washington are regulating the flow out of Lake of the Woods. A lot of people have summer mansions on Lake of the Woods: politicians, oilmen, shipping moguls, cosmetic giants, movie stars… We’ve heard that many of them don’t like it when their boathouses get wet inside. Elizabeth says that it’s more likely that the farmers at the south end of the Lake who live on flat ground that floods faster than where we are (it’s pretty hilly here) need help saving their fields. Thirty centimetres of water there floods much more land than it does here because the Lake of the Woods is on the Great Plains of North America there. And they have a lot of water down there this year. They need help, so the important people in Ottawa and Washington have opened up the dams along the way to us.
Elizabeth laughed when she saw the “For Emergency Call Oshawa Operating Centre” sign. Here’s why…
I was more interested in taking a closer look at all that splashy wet stuff…
We followed it to the mouth of our Bay, where the Darlington Bay Bridge is now. This is a ‘new’ bridge. The old Bailey Bridge that Elizabeth had to walk over on her way home from school many, many, many dog years ago [careful, Stella…] Would be under water now, like the big sign that you can just see the top of in this photo:
Elizabeth’s dad was pretty smart. He built their house up on a hill on a big piece of bedrock. And we don’t have a dock. We just have a canoe we can slide in and out of the water whenever we want. That’s not to say we don’t notice the high water, though. Right now it is about 4m above normal levels (That’s about 13 feet for our American friends).