Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flood Watch - 2011 - My Backyard - Still Waiting

Disclaimer: If you came here for information about the Manitoba Flood 2011, you've probably come to the wrong place. This post (or series of posts) will focus only on my backyard and house. Please don't depend on it for flood information. If you are looking for general information regarding the flood, try the Government of Manitoba website, which can be found here or here for more area specific information regarding the Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Headingley areas.

We've had a few days of warm weather, so most of the snow is gone.

Not too much is new. Same emotional rollercoaster. Hearing reports from other parts of the province where the situation is dire and tragic has added to the stress.

We've been reading flood sheets and flood reports for our area (from the Manitoba Water Stewardship website) and even though the data seems encouraging, the province is still recommending that we prepare for 1976 river levels. Because we are at that level already, we will not be sandbagging. That may change if the situation worsens. We did move some stuff out of the basement just in case. We are waiting to see what happens next before doing more.

I'm really getting tired of waiting, watching, wondering and more waiting. I want summer already! The updated predicted crest is: April 26 - May 2. Looks like more waiting is in order.

Here are a few pictures of the back yard now that most of the snow is gone:

In 2009 (last time we had high water levels), we had several huge puddles around the yard that eventually joined up with the rising river. So far this year we had a few, but most of them have disappeared now. It might be giving us a false sense of security with regards to flooding. I'm still hoping we don't see any river water in the back yard.

Anyway, that's it for now.

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