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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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Help! Too Much Splash!

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.

We decided to go to see the dam just up the river from the estate on Tuesday.  It's fully open now. compare the levels on either side.

We decided to go to see the dam just up the river from the estate on Tuesday. It’s fully open now. Compare the levels on either side.

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…

That splashy wet stuff is moving very fast!

That splashy wet stuff is moving very fast!

 

It goes through the Norman Dam like this...

It goes through the Norman Dam like this…

 

providing quite a cumulative effect!

providing quite a cumulative effect!

 

And guess where all that water is headed?

And guess where all that water is headed?

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 and her best friend and some other kids set up a lemonade stand here when this bridge was being built. It was a gold mine - construction workers and all the people waiting for their turn to go over the single lane Bailey Bridge were always thirsty (few cars had air conditioning back then... -:oO=

Elizabeth and her best friend and some other kids set up a lemonade stand here when this bridge was being built. It was a gold mine – construction workers and all the people waiting for their turn to go over the single lane Bailey Bridge were always thirsty (few cars had air conditioning back then…)   -:oO=

There goes all that water, upstream into Darlington Bay.

There goes all that water, upstream into Darlington Bay.

Some people on Darlington Bay need a boat to get to their docks now...

Some people on Darlington Bay need a boat to get to their docks now…

Other people have the dock thing figured out, but might be wondering if they should maybe have built their house on stilts?

Other people have the dock thing figured out, but might be wondering if they should maybe have built their house on stilts?

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).

Our trail is flooded. I like to wade/swim over, but Elizabeth is staying on this side for now.

Our trail is flooded. I like to wade/swim over, but Elizabeth is staying on this side for now.

Our little bay and creek are really backed up.  If you look, you can see the end of our point is now an island. Lots of debris floating in, too. People are careless with their garbage... Elizabeth will have to go and clean it all up when the water goes down again.

Our little bay and creek are really backed up. If you look, you can see the end of our point is now an island. Lots of debris floating in, too. Some two-leggers are very careless with their garbage. Elizabeth will have to go and clean it all up when the water goes down again.

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