After being threatened by a forest fire just weeks ago, a big chunk of Grant Fisette's year-round Caddy Lake home is now on the brink of being washed away.

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After being threatened by a forest fire just weeks ago, a big chunk of Grant Fisette's year-round Caddy Lake home is now on the brink of being washed away.

"What more can Mother Nature throw at us?" Fisette said. "A month ago, we were looking at flames across the lake."

"We can’t do anything about the water going up," he said. "We can't get equipment in because the highway is flooded."

"We're at the mercy of the weather."

Torrential rain flooded parts of the Whiteshell on the weekend. Between Friday and Monday morning, the lake water has risen 65 inches, he said.

"We've been here 32 years," said Fisette. "This is something totally new for the record books."

For now, there's nothing he can do about the rising lake level but try to help others at the Green Bay Resort, where he and his wife left their vehicle.

Monday morning, he's going to the resort that he and his wife used to own to help sandbag its water treatment plant. It serves 13 cottages and 45 trailers, said Fisette who is the deputy chief of the Southeast Whiteshell Fire Department. The lake level is continuing to rise and it will likely be days before it recedes, he said.

"We're not seeing the crest yet," said Fisette.

He's looking at about $350,000 worth of damage to his home if the driveway and building next to it are washed away.

"I don’t think I will be able to get insurance for damage to my property," said Fisette. And because they live in a provincial park, the rules are different than for municipalities when it comes to disaster relief, he said. "Provincial parks aren't eligible for financial assistance from disasters," he said.

"We're trying to get the ball rolling to declare it a disaster."

carol.sanders@freepress.mb.ca

Carol Sanders

Carol Sanders
Legislature reporter

After 20 years of reporting on the growing diversity of people calling Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature bureau in early 2020.