The full extent of the river’s wrath is hard to grasp from a dike, a sandbagging line or the altitude of a helicopter.
But in this close-up, eye-in-the-sky video from a camera-carrying drone, the flood comes into focus in a way we’ve never before seen.
This drone’s-eye view of jetskis blasting across what should be fields of canola, farmsteads becoming islands and the murky churn of the Assiniboine River as it swallows all that’s in reach provides a new and startling perspective of Manitoba’s surprise summer flood.
Three things a drone reveals about the flood:
- Yes, those are farmers on jet skis skimming across a flooded field that normally would be the domain of tractors and seeders.
- "Beauty" would not normally be a word used to describe the havoc flooding causes. But as the drone zips and dips, there is a certain artistry that emerges from the palate of murky brown water, the contrasting green vibrancy of trees and the hints of yellow from canola.
- Normally airspace restrictions limit aerials from planes or helicopters to much higher altitudes. The beauty of the drone is that you can get down low, exposing flooding details that were previously off-limits.