Lake Manitoba reps call for immediate action

(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) July 14, 2011 – The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee (LMFRC) met with several members of the government to discuss both immediate and long-term solutions to the man-made flooding occurring in and around the Lake Manitoba area. The main concern of the LMFRC is the urgent need to lower the lake.

Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton wouldn’t specify exactly the route of the proposed channel, nor would he put a specific number to the volume the channel could be expected to move. While the minister said the channel would have to move several thousand cubic feet per second (cfs), the LMFRC says the channel must carry between 20,000 – 25,000 cfs to have the required affect. Both parties agree that time is of the essence.

“We should have a concrete plan early next week,” says Ashton. “We know we need to move quickly. Wave action is a huge issue, and then we have the ice coming.”

The LMFRC was pleased to meet with other officials from Water Stewardship, Emergency Measures Organization and Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, who were generous with their time. However, many members wonder if the government is aware of the severity of the situation.

“We’re dealing with a disaster, and there’s no end in sight. Until we see the shovel in the dirt to build this channel, it’s hard not to be skeptical,” says Tom Teichroeb, Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee Chairperson. “At best, I would say we are cautiously optimistic.”

The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee represents the 11 municipalities surrounding Lake Manitoba. It gives voice to the urgent needs of all residents and businesses for an immediate solution to the flooding. It seeks adequate and inclusive compensation for the rehabilitation of land, businesses and residential properties damaged by the man-made flooding of Lake Manitoba.

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