The adventuresome life of a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland dog in Northwestern Ontario

Flood Update

We are still having rain nearly every day, and the water continues to rise slowly throughout our area.

In Kenora, the city parents have decided to close some of the public land extenders since most of them are now underwater. We’ve seen pictures on Facebook of two-legger homes further downriver from us where sandbagging is complete and holding the rising river at bay. A waterfront restaurant in Kenora – on the Lake of the Woods – has had to close as its floor is now underwater (not the first time this building has suffered – Elizabeth wonders why businesses are even allowed to locate there…).

This is the Boathouse Restaurant just two blocks from the bookshop. The plastic barrels and the old boat are on the wooden walkway and filled with water to keep the structure from floating away.

This is the Boathouse Restaurant just two blocks from the bookshop. The plastic barrels and the old boat are on the wooden walkway and filled with water to keep the structure from floating away.

Elizabeth was hoping to go out in the canoe on a photo safari, just to see how things looked from Darlington Bay level. Unfortunately, the weather has been so unstable and terribly windy that she couldn’t risk going out with her camera gear. But she took some photos on the waterfront of our neighbourhood (sorry for the lens drops and fuzziness – she was shooting between and during squalls) so you could see what’s happening here. And our friend Karin contributed a couple to show what’s happening over on Siggy’s Island at their house.

Here is our pumphouse. It is usually much farther from the shore. we're a bit worried about the waterline floating up like that, but don't know what we can do about it. It's still functioning, anyway...

Here is our pumphouse. It is usually much farther from the shore. we’re a bit worried about the waterline floating up like that, but don’t know what we can do about it. It’s still functioning, anyway…

 

Squall moving through, so we took shelter here. Nasty weather!

Squall moving through, so we took shelter here. Nasty weather!

 

Our neighbours two doors down must go uphill to their floating dock now. Normally, they could have a good slide downhill!

Our neighbours two doors down must go uphill to their floating land extender now. Normally, they could have a good slide downhill!

Elizabeth says it’s kind of difficult to understand how big a deal this is because the shoreline is so steep that non residents wouldn’t think the water was necessarily high. So she found an old photo of The Point so you could see better. She used it for an ad for her bookmarks and couldn’t find the original, so please ignore the text.

The cliff is about 4.5m at the highest point when the water is at normal levels.

The cliff on The Point is about 4.5m at the highest point when the water is at normal levels.

 

Taken yesterday between squalls. We're still getting severe storms/downpours every day.

The same view (slightly wider angle) taken yesterday between squalls. We’re still getting severe storms/downpours every day.

Karin managed to take some pictures during a sunny period last week:

Karin & Dan are watching with anxious eyes as the water goes up. We aren't sure why they haven't sandbagged - perhaps there isn't a way of getting the equipment over to Siggy's Island.

Karin & Dan are watching with anxious eyes as the water goes up. We aren’t sure why they haven’t sandbagged – perhaps there is no way of getting the equipment over to Siggy’s Island. BTW, the far shore in this photo is the other side of The Point and my ‘estate’, from where I used to bark over to Siggy.

 

They've done their best to help the Loons in the area. This Loon has two puppies now, and another pair in the lake that drains into Darlington Bay also are able to raise their family thanks to Karin and Dan's efforts to put their nests on floating (anchored) platforms. The Loons are so thankful that they sing us lullabies every night!

They’ve done their best to help the Loons in the area. This Loon has two puppies now, and another pair in the lake that drains into Darlington Bay also are able to raise their family thanks to Karin and Dan’s efforts to put their nests on floating (anchored) platforms. The Loons are so thankful that they sing us lullabies every night!

A local photographer friend of Elizabeth’s, Tom Thomson, has also been out with his camera. He said she could share this video with you, taken at the headwaters of the West Arm of the Winnipeg River, travelling from Lake of the Woods directly toward the Norman Dam. It shows one of the hazards of flooding in this region. As the water rises, it lifts something called ‘floating bog’, which grows in quiet, still waters in bays or between islands along the Lake. New currents, in the usually current-free areas where this floating bog occurs, tear it apart, carrying pieces downstream at, as you can see, an alarming rate. These are thick, solid mats of vegetation, sometimes with trees or shrubbery growing on them. Even two-leggers can often walk quite safely on this type of bog, although they will probably get their feet soaked along the way. It is not uncommon, during high water years, to see someone struggling to pull bog islands such as these out to safer locations using a tow rope attached to their growling floating tin cans. The mat shown here could easily tear a wooden land extender from its moorings or damage a moored floating tin can.

 

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Comments on: "Flood Update" (18)

  1. I hope you’ll all keep your feet, paws and books dry! Take care! I always thought we in the Netherlands were living in a wet country!

    • None of us remember it ever being this bad. Unlike the Netherlands, we live in hilly country where the bedrock is close to the surface. So, where a flood like this in your country would drown you all out, here we are suffering less. Most of us…

  2. Eeeek! That is a lot of water. Whee hate even having a bath. Stay dry and safe guys!
    The Pigs xx

    • Thank you, Pigs! I like swimming, but there is so much nasty debris along the shore now that I’m finding it hard to get into the water. ~:o(=

  3. The vid of the bog moving is amazing. Wow

  4. Oh dear, that’s terrible… I hope you are all safe! We’re in New Zealand and we were flooded 3 weeks ago. Our house was safe, as it is raised five feet above ground level, But, unfortunately, our garage was flooded, and two cars garaged on the property (ours, and our absent landlords, who live in the USA) have been written off by the insurance company due to the flood damage. 😦 Stay warm and dry and safe…

    Solo, Krissy, and Mum Maureen xxx

    • As I write this, I see a sunset through the window! So, the sun is still up there, and it looks like tomorrow it might pay us a long overdue visit. ~:o)=
      I’m so sorry about your growly beasts. That’s a major setback. We’re up pretty high, but at this point everything not flooded is very wet. The ground is very spongy. I can’t imagine living on stilts, but I’m sure it would be a good idea for two-leggers building in low-lying areas!

  5. Stay safe you guys!

  6. That’s a lot of water! I hope the weather has calmed down now.
    It’s lovely to see that bipeds helped the loons with their nests.

    • Well, we haven’t had any rain today so far… Water levels haven’t changed, though. There are several people on the river who try to help the Loons. You might know Loons as Great Northern Divers, Elizabeth says, Clowie. They are pictured on Canadian two-legger’s one dollar coins, which they call ‘Loonies’.

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