Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

What if the storm had lasted longer?

  • Print

DEAR EDITOR,

Thankfully, no lives were lost as a result of the May 31, 2011, flood disaster and again in the storm at Twin Lakes Beach on Sunday, July 29. It is becoming more painfully clear, however, that we are sitting on a ticking time bomb and the major ingredients to this future disaster are winds and the level of Lake Manitoba.

Send a Letter to the Editor

  • The Free Press welcomes letters from readers

    To send a letter for consideration on our Letters page: Fill out our online form at the link above, or Email letters@freepress.mb.ca, or Fax (204) 697-7412, or Mail Letters to the Editor, 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6.

Nothing, to my knowledge, can be done to control wind events. The same cannot be said about water levels.

A year after the 2011 flood, Lake Manitoba is still in flood stage, well over two feet above the target level of 811.5 feet above sea level set when the operating range of 810.5 to 812.5 was established in 2003.

That the lake is down from the historic high of more than 817 feet last July is primarily due to evaporation and relatively dry conditions. The emergency channel created last fall did allow water to flow from the Fairford Control Structure all winter but the decline in the level since has been very, very slow.

It is my understanding the channel is no longer being used. However, what if those winds (reports up to 150 kilometres per hour) on Sunday persisted for a couple of hours? All properties would once again be under water and all restoration efforts to date would be seen as useless. We would be hearing the declaration of the Flood of 2012 when the Flood of 2011 has not been called off yet.

We have presented to the Lake Manitoba Regulation Review Committee scientific and factual data regarding lake levels and the scientific data on the probability of windstorms.

In your July 30 story Massive storm cuts a swath of destruction, Ronald Stewart, atmospheric physicist at the University of Manitoba, is quoted as saying Sunday's storm is a harbinger of worse to come.

Obviously, for the residents of Twin Lakes Beach, this is not a confidence builder for reinvestment and restoration.

The solution is simple: Don't demand properties and structures need to be raised to dizzying heights. Just lower the lake and let nature restore the shoreline buffer and berm that protected us since the 1950 flood.

It is a fact natural restoration or rebuilding is the opposite of erosion. Nature knows how to heal itself, but government refusal to listen and to heed these warnings prevents nature from doing so.

It is a great example of a lack of stewardship.

 

Dennis Turek is chairman of the Twin Lakes Beach Flood Action Committee.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 1, 2012 A7

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Your Vote: The Blue Bombers All-Time Team

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • May 22, 2012 - 120522  - Westminster United Church photographed Tuesday May 22, 2012 .  John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think food-security issues are an important topic to address during this mayoral campaign?

View Results

Ads by Google