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Ruined by Act of Government: Sandi Knight

Great article in today’s Free Press from writer Sandi Knight.

“There seem to be many misconceptions about the flooding of Lake Manitoba. First of all, the residents around the lake do not live on a flood plain. The Portage Diversion is a man-made structure, completed in 1970 as part of an attempt to prevent flooding downstream on the Assiniboine, including the city of Winnipeg. With its construction, Lake Manitoba became a “managed” lake. In May, water volumes up to 34,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) were forced down the diversion — 9,000 cfs over its original design capacity.”

 

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LMFRC demand consultation and further lake relief

 (WINNIPEG, Manitoba) July 26, 2011 – Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton met with the Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee on Tuesday to discuss the emergency channel to lower the levels of Lake St. Martin and Lake Manitoba. Ashton says the channel route, from Lake St. Martin through Big Buffalo Lake and on to the Dauphin River, is the best option in terms of timeline and payoff.

“The key to Lake St. Martin is Lake St. Martin. The key to Lake Manitoba is Lake St. Martin. This channel will give immediate relief as soon as it’s accomplished,” says Ashton.

While the LMFRC is relieved to see an announcement from the province, members say the plan is overly optimistic, as it is based on optimal conditions of several factors.

“They’re assuming meeting their deadline of November 1, perfect weather, no excess moisture, and no flooding next year,” says Joe Johnson, LMFRC Co-Chair. “That’s a lot to ask of Mother Nature. There are more options to explore. There are generations of knowledge in this area and we urge the province to engage us and work with us.”

The LMFRC hopes for more collaboration and consultation with the government during construction of the channel and the duration of the flood.

The Lake Manitoba Flood Rehabilitation Committee represents all 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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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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