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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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Local Radio Station Videos Flooding

The first part of this video shows the red-brown house I mentioned in this morning’s sandbagging blog entry, and the rest takes you on a boat tour of Darlington Bay, the Winnipeg River headwaters and the Lake of the Woods in Keewatin. I think the largest buildings shown are the City of Kenora Sewage Treatment Plant, just below a second dam at the Winnipeg River’s East Arm. The Norman Dam on the West Arm is also shown in the video.

Again, 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.

Sandbaggers

On our way to work this morning, we saw something we’ve never seen before.

Sandbaggers at work trying to save the house at the bridge we showed you in our last blog.

Sandbaggers at work trying to save the house at the bridge we showed you in our last blog.

When Elizabeth asked if she could take their picture as they worked, they told her she could if she would help them. She explained that she couldn’t help them with the bagging (she has a very bad back that couldn’t take the weight of the bags), but that she was blogging about the situation and would ask people to come help.

These three people are the only people working here. The man who owns MLW Contracting in Keewatin has volunteered his help and equipment. The other two live in the house. They can bag the sand, but while they do that there is no one to place the bags to keep the water away from their house.

They have a lot of sand to put into bags, and then they need to move the bags to the shore and place them. Bags weigh about 20 kg each. That's a lot of hard work for just three people.

They have a lot of sand to put into bags, and then they need to move the bags to the shore and place them. Bags weigh about 20 kg each. That’s a lot of hard work for just three people.

We had more severe weather yesterday evening, including a rare Tornado Warning, and thunderstorms with the potential to drop high volumes of water are forecast for the next three days.

These people need help. 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. These folks are right by the Darlington Bay Bridge, so if you are passing by and can spare even half an hour to give one or two of them a little rest, please, give them your aid.

Thank you.

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