Lake Manitoba residents can’t afford to be flooded again!

Lake Manitoba residents are gathering at the Portage Diversion Control Structure today, April 29th, to bring attention to the continuing issues in dealing with the 2011 flood and the continued threat of future flooding as a result of the operation of the Portage Diversion.

As Manitobans prepare for the 2013 flood season, will Lake Manitoba residents be forced once again to ‘take it in the neck’ because the Province hasn’t responded to flood mitigation measures
for Lake Manitoba.

Rally at the Portage Diversion Control Structure
Monday, April 29th, 2013
12:00 Noon
Take Yellowquill Trail west from Hwy #1 at Portage La Prairie.



When: TODAY – April 29th
Time: 11:00 AM
Contacts: KEVIN YUILL @ 856-3258

The Portage Diversion Control Structure is on Yellowquill Trail at Portage La Prairie. Take Yellowquill Trail west off of Hwy #1. The exit is north west of the Days Inn. If you Google the Portage Diversion a map of the area comes up.

The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee is in favour of a peaceful protest and hopes that everyone will be respectful and peaceful in this process.

We are strong in numbers.


Friday,  February 22nd,  2013
1:00 pm
at Meadow-Lea Hall, Hwy. 227 & Hwy. 248, Marquette, MB

– Compensation for 2012
– Accountability for Past Promises
– Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan
– Flood Issues

Provincial and federal Government Representatives will be in attendance.

For more information please contact:
Tom Teichroeb at 204-445-2319
Harry Seimens at 204-325-5215

Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee Public Meeting Poster in PDF format

Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee urges Manitoba government to build Lake Manitoba emergency drainage channel

Emergency channel will save Manitoba taxpayers billions of dollars in flood liabilities
For Immediate Release:
[The Narrows West Lodge, Lake Manitoba Feb 12, 2012] – The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee [LMFRC] urges the Manitoba government to build an emergency drainage channel from Lake Manitoba to balance the inflow through the Portage Diversion.
“Lake Manitoba water levels remain above flood stage, 814.0 feet above sea level,” says committee chair Tom Teichroeb. “Governments continue to compensate flood victims for their losses in 2011, already at one billion dollars. Without an additional channel from Lake Manitoba, residents of Lake Manitoba and all taxpayers risk the financial burden of another flood of this magnitude at any time in the future.”
In a meeting with MP Robert Sopuck, Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette and MLA Stuart Briese, Agassiz, the committee discussed an emergency drainage channel for Lake Manitoba.
Sopuck said all those concerned need to look at all viable options and measures to ensure protections for Lake Manitoba Ranches, farms and properties. He said the Federal government committed last year to cost share mitigation measures taken by the province before the spring flooding. In addition the Federal government has funded the provinces flood programming through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements with the province. “The Federal government has been there to support the province financially throughout the flood of 2011 and I hope to see some solid developments on drainage to help the ranchers, farmers, and property owners surrounding Lake Manitoba,” said Sopuck.
There is clearly a need to address the drainage of Lake Manitoba which is not adequate and the Government of Manitoba needs to address this issue promptly.
The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee represents 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.
For more information, contact: **Tom Teichroeb, LMFRC Chair – E a8ranch@mts.net – P 204-445-2319 **Oli Olson, LMFRC Representative – E okolson@live.ca – P 204-659-2262

WFP The View from the West: Peter Schroedter

A commentary from Peter Schroedter in The View from the West in today’s Free Press.

“I am one of the people affected and even though my losses are minor compared to those who have lost everything, this government-caused flood has become the defining event in my adult life.”


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.

Create a flood commission: Scott Forbes, WFP

In today’s WFP View from the West, Scott Forbes says we need a flood commission so the province is prepared for floods in  increasingly unpredictable times.

“Clearly the lake has been managed to sit in the upper reaches of the operating range: residents around Lake Manitoba who have argued that for years the lake has been too high have been correct.

The government of Manitoba needs to establish a blue ribbon Assiniboine Flood Commission that brings together stakeholders — the residents of the Assiniboine basin, farmers, ranchers and business owners — with our best hydrologists and engineers to design a comprehensive water management strategy.

We don’t need finger-pointing and political games. We do need to identify shortfalls in our current flood preparations and a logical plan to address these needs expeditiously.”