Monday, April 18, 2011

Flood Watch - 2011 - When the River Comes to Visit

I had a longer post to put up here, I'm too tired to post it. I'll just let the pictures tell the most of the story.

Sunday morning the backyard looked pretty much like it did on April 12. By Sunday afternoon, we saw the water pouring into the yard. Apparently, this rise was as a result of some ice jams and subsequent surges from upstream.

Monday morning, we woke up to this. [The first five photos are a pan of the backyard. The last one shows how close the river is to the house. Remember it's supposed to be over 1/2 kilometre away.]

We have no idea if this is the worst of it or if more bad news is around the corner. There are many conflicting reports coming from all directions. For the time being, we are not sandbagging our property. I'll post more in a couple of days.

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. 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.


  1. Oh no Marie! We've been hearing about this on our news here. Very scary. I'll be praying that it doesn't get any worse for you all.

  2. I was thinking about you today when I heard about the ice jams. Hope it doesn't get any closer for you.

  3. That's scary! How close does the river have to be before you sandbag? I'll be praying for you.

  4. Thanks everyone. It's more of an elevation thing than how close it gets. When these pictures were taken the house was still about 6 feet above the water level, which is more than other houses around here. We need at least two feet of breathing room. So if it looks like it's going to rise another 4 feet, we'll be looking at sandbagging.

    We're all keeping a close eye on the river, the flood reports/sheets, as well as any news regarding ice jam and surges.

  5. Marie, it looks scary! So close to your house. But if it's still 6 feet lower than your house, hopefully it'll drop again before it has a chance to reach that level.

    Good luck!

  6. Hope the worst is over. Wish we could run over and help haul sand-bags. Hope long-distance good wishes and prayers will help instead.


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