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Winnipeg 2005 water levels, before and after (reprise) - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Winnipeg 2005 water levels, before and after (reprise)
Earlier in the summer I tried to give an impression of how high the water levels were in Winnipeg's rivers, but it was difficult because the levels weren't dropping. Now that it's fall, I went out to fix that problem. Sure, the lighting and angles aren't exactly alike, but hopefully this will give a better idea!

In midsummer, the water under the Osborne Street bridge looked like this:

When ideally, it's supposed to look like this:

As with many of these photos, it's hard to judge the scale of things, so it may help when I tell you that the bottom of the yellow stripe is at least eight feet high. So what does this mean? It means that if you went onto the bridge and looked out at the bank during the flood, you saw this:

Actually that was taken about two weeks before the waters reached their maximum height this year. If you looked from the same spot now, you'd see this:

Admittedly, the riverbank here isn't very exciting. But if you wander along it for a short distance, you quickly reach the side of the legislature building. There's a big open area down several flights of steps and ramps, with flower gardens nearby. Here's looking down the steps. The water is almost to the top of the second flight:

But now most of that water is gone.

Now - to really, really give you a feeling for how much water is involved here - forget the height for a moment. How about the width?

Another similar view, before:

And after:

Let's go to the park where Omand's Creek meets the Assiniboine River. At low levels:

And before it reached its full height (at which point the bridge was completely obscured):

Looking from the top of the high slope downwards, when water levels were low:

And when they were high:

You know what's bizarre? At the top of the hill there was some fencing, but after the water levels dropped - the fences vanished. From places the water didn't even reach! And there's no sign of potential landslides or anything, the banks are quite stable. There was also a park bench that got completely submurged, and it's been taken away too.

And finally, another look down the slope.

Normal (actually, normally there's a lot more vegetation than this):



To summarize: Yeek!

Current Mood: glub

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fetlock From: fetlock Date: October 15th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes we flood but we do have Duff's ditch to save us . They called him NUTS for building such a horid thing, But now they call him a man with the vison. For saving Winnipeg many times.

I like the pics with the hight water , things seem greener then and they were warmer. Oh to go fishing ...BUT not in there .
pierrekrahn From: pierrekrahn Date: October 15th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
very well done with the angles and such!
orleans From: orleans Date: October 15th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great photos! The after pictures remind me much more of a typical Winnipeg scene. Prairie cities have a very distinctive look.
From: cjthomas Date: October 15th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like how you can see the little tree in the bottom set getting almost completely submerged.

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