BRANDON -- The flood of 2014 is being called a "game-changer" for the Riverbank Discovery Centre and surrounding park areas.
Eleanor Kidd Park is still under water, the pedestrian bridge is not accessible and the property around the Discovery Centre continues to shrink due to riverbank erosion.
"We need to re-evaluate what our focus is... what we are actually able to rebuild and what needs to just be remediated," said Lois MacDonald, manager of Brandon Riverbank Inc.
"I think we need to take flood-of-record-type of damage into account going forward, because who knows? Maybe this will never happen again, but twice in three years? It requires... a sober second thought as to how we move forward overall."
LAKE Winnipeg has risen to its third-highest level since Manitoba Hydro began regulating the province's largest body of water in 1976.
On Monday, Lake Winnipeg sat at a wind-eliminated level of 716.13 feet above sea level, or 1.13 feet above the upper limit of Manitoba Hydro's recommended operating range for the lake.
Lake Winnipeg was slightly higher than it is now during the summer flood of 2006 and rose to 717 feet above sea level in July 2011 after both the Red and Assiniboine rivers had significant flooding.
Lake Winnipeg reached its highest recorded level in 1974, when it rose above 718 feet. Significant flooding occurred in both Winnipeg Beach and Gimli that year.
The Edmonston pumping station in southern California is an engineering marvel. It is part of the California aqueduct system that gathers water from the northern half of the state and delivers it to thirsty millions in the south. It pumps 4,400 cubic feet of water per second. That is not remarkable. What is remarkable is that it lifts this water 600 metres over the Tehachapi Mountains.
The current flood on Lake Manitoba has arisen because too much water is entering the lake with too little of it leaving. The Portage Diversion has redirected most of the flow from one watershed, the Assiniboine River, to another, Lake Manitoba. The predicable result is a second flood in four years. Even under the best case, the lake will spend months at flood level and fall gradually during the winter. It will be high next spring and poised to flood again.
The provincial government claims the emergency channel on Lake St. Martin is a solution to this flood problem. It is not. It is a solution to flooding on Lake St. Martin, which is useful and needed.
The only near-term solution to the problem of continued flooding on Lake Manitoba is a new outlet. There are substantial engineering challenges, not the least being the slight elevation changes on the landscape. We are, after all, on the Prairies. A major problem on Lake Manitoba is that outflow falls sharply with lake level.
REGINA - Farm groups say Manitoba, Saskatchewan and neighbouring U.S. states need to work together on a long-term solution to flooding.
Doug Chorney, with Keystone Agricultural Producers, said it's one thing if a farmer has to deal with too much water on his land, but the problem is worse if water is also coming from 100 farms upstream.
Chorney suggests there should be more structures built to store water and points to work being done by the Red River Basin Commission in North Dakota.
"It's deliberate storage of water to not only protect local residents, but also reduce the flow of water during peak floods at the Canadian border by 20 per cent," Chorney said from Brandon, where members of Manitoba's Keystone group met Thursday to talk about the recent flooding.
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
It's a lesson for any politician who wants to stick their neck out and be seen in the flood zone.
There's a good way to do it and a bad way to do it.
First the good.