Lake St. Martin Emergency Channel Update: Province of Manitoba

On November 1, the following update was posted on the Province of Manitoba’s Flood Information website.

  • Exploratory work for possible channel locations started July 4.
  • Logistical work such as setting up camps, building an access road and establishing drainage started in early July and additional contractors began work Aug. 15.
  • Actual channel digging started Aug. 29.
  • More than 130 workers have been involved in this construction project. At times, the Aboriginal worker complement was up to 50 per cent.
  • The total excavation project moved about 1.5 million cubic metres of material. Approximately 30,000 more cubic metres of rock were also used.
  • Ditches, dikes and temporary roads have been constructed on either side of the 6.5 kilometre (about four-mile) outlet.
  • The 95 pieces of heavy equipment used included excavators, bulldozers and rock trucks, one dredge, two Amphibex machines, one floating excavator, four barges, four tugs, two helicopters, 15 boats, 10 high-velocity pumps and 30 support vehicles.
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