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More help needed in Delta Beach
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.
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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.
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