Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

More help needed in Delta Beach

  • Print

Delta Beach needs help to load and hoist super sand bags in place to protect a bridge that divides the beach village.

A week ago, an earlier appeal brought out an estimated 200 volunteers, double the population of the community. That included a trucker from Brandon who loaded up and dumped thousands of desperately needed sand bags.

Flood Fight

Related Items

Delta’s next step is to hope for a wave of volunteers, along with heavy equipment and sand to fill up four-foot-by-four-foot super sandbags and hoist them in place to protect the channel bridge, where waves now slap the underside.

Delta Beach Association board member Don Clarkson expressed gratitude to strangers who came from all over the province to help and he’s hoping some will return again.

The Association functions like a town council for the cottage and retirement village 24 kilometres north of Portage la Prairie. It’s unlucky to be located next to the Portage Diversion which flows into Lake Manitoba.

In addition to the lake on one side, the beach is backed into a heritage marsh that’s also overflowing as lake levels rise.

"We’ve got a lot of roads to maintain access to and if we do, then we can maintain this fight," Clarkson said.

"If we can’t maintain access to the road, we can’t even do that fight."

Residents say they want the province to include Delta Beach in its permanent flood measures in the future. With lake levels rising, they say engineers should consider dusting off a 30-year old plan to widen and expand Dauphin River, to drain excess water out of Lake Manitoba.
 

 

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

Poll

Do you think the provincial NDP’s approval rating could drop below the current 26 per cent?

View Results

View Related Story