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Barry Janssens stands on a road near his farm. At one time, the road would have cut through fields. Now it’s more of a causeway through a swamp.

Flood waters leave farmers with nowhere to go

Flooding at Whitewater Lake paints a bleak picture of how poor conservation practices can leave the next generation holding the bag when the weather changes

A decade ago, Whitewater Lake began swallowing land. Barry Janssens watched the flood waters creep into his fields with every rainfall until nearly 500 acres had disappeared beneath water and cattails. The lake is frozen and snow covered now. He drives with a reporter along a gravel road a few miles from Deloraine — essentially

Ongoing flooding issues, such as this during the spring of 2011, have made an outlet channel a necessity.

Divided by a ditch: Landowners left in limbo

Lake St. Martin-area landowners say they can’t get on with their lives until the expropriation process ends

David Gall of Moosehorn doesn’t know where his family will be living in two years, nor does he know how much he will be paid for his house, his barns or the rest of his home quarter, land already expropriated by the province. Gall is among the Interlake farmers in the direct path of the


DIVIDED OVER WATER: Outlet channels spark controversy

DIVIDED OVER WATER: Outlet channels spark controversy

Farmers on the south end of Lake Manitoba support the proposed channels to save their land from flooding, but the projects will slice through the farms of dozens of north-shore farmers who worry they won’t be adequately compensated

A recent $540-million funding pledge is pushing forward the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels and reaction from farmers depends on where they are along the shoreline. For those whose anxieties rise with the water levels every time the Assiniboine River floods, the new momentum is welcome news. Farmers along Lake Manitoba’s south

Strong winds, precipitation in forecast could increase flood risk

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 16

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows continue to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows on the lower Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Weather forecasts are predicting strong winds for April 13 to 16, as a low-pressure system begins to move from west to east

Assiniboine River flows continue to rise, rain forecast could raise flood risk

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 15

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows continue to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows in the Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Weather forecasts are predicting strong winds for April 13 to 16, as a low-pressure system begins to move from west to east across


Ice causing overland flooding in much of southern Manitoba

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 4

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding is occurring across much of southern Manitoba due to ice in the drainage network. Ice jamming is also occurring on some major rivers and smaller tributaries. Partial ring dike closures are underway or completed at Gretna, St. Adolphe and Brunhild. PTH 75 is

There’s no shortage of concern over spring flooding as the winter winds to an end.

Western Manitoba prepares as province releases its first flood outlook

The Southwest Flood Strategy Committee is among the regional groups preparing 
for possible flood conditions in western Manitoba

The Southwest Flood Strategy Committee came together for the first time in almost two years Mar. 1, and it’s turning rapt eyes to the spring flood forecast. The group was formed after the 2011 flood — which evacuated 7,100 people from their homes, damaged significant municipal infrastructure and left three million acres of farmland unseeded

The cliffs at Steep Rock are very popular to photograph.

Steep Rock — well worth a visit

Located along Lake Manitoba, the cliffs are possibly one 
of the most photographed locations in the province

If you’re looking for a different Manitoba spot to explore this year, consider Steep Rock, located in the Interlake, along Lake Manitoba. My husband and I visited there this summer and found it interesting and well worth a day or two in the area. Steep Rock, located in the municipality of Grahamdale, is best known


Mallard Lodge has been undermined by waves 
and the windows are boarded up.

Former Delta Marsh Field Station

The area is one of many still dealing with the aftermath of floods

It’s the fifth anniversary since the 2011 flood along Lake Manitoba, and two years since the 2014 flood. The high water may be gone but the effects linger on and will continue to do so for many years. Cottagers and homeowners whose property was destroyed or damaged are affected, and many are still at work

Province’s water needs action not rhetoric

Province’s water needs action not rhetoric

Current water management practices disrespectful and disruptive to rural Manitobans

Deferral of essential water management infrastructure and management in recent years, combined with serious problems of climate change, is frustrating Manitoba’s economic growth and environmental health. Both objectives resonate with the public. Rhetoric about “fixing Lake Manitoba’s water levels,” and cleaning up Lake Winnipeg in terms of algae, sedimentation and erosion, highlights the problems but