In an attempt to divert water from overwhelming the Assiniboine River defences the Manitoba government has intentionally breached a diking system just east of Winnipeg. The intentional cut at Hoop and Holler Bend on the Assiniboine intentionally endangers about 200 square kilometres of prime farm land and approximately 200 homes in the area.
With water levels still on the rise in the west, and the peak river levels still weeks away Premier Greg Selinger worried that constant pressure on the ad-hoc diking system would be too great to handle the increase in pressure. Faced with a possible catastrophic diking failure he gave residents as much warning as possible to safeguard their homes before breaching the dike.
The opening was apparently made in a safe and sane way, shored up and opened carefully the raging waters are diverted into a boulder trap designed to slow the waters and contain any possible erosion to the remaining diking at Hoop and Holler Bend.
For more on this unprecedented event, see the attached links.
Flying over the bend before breach.
Cutting into the dike.
Homes in the path of the waters.
- Deliberate Manitoba dike breach to flood less land than expected: province (canada.com)
- Crews begin breaching dike in Manitoba (news.nationalpost.com)
- Lake Manitoba swells with diverted water (cbc.ca)
- Manitoba goes ahead with deliberate flooding south of Assiniboine River (theglobeandmail.com)
- Manitoba breaches dike and causes deliberate flooding (ctv.ca)
- Crews in Manitoba begin breaching dike (canada.com)
- Water begins flowing through breach in Manitoba dike (theprovince.com)
- Water begins flowing through breach in Manitoba dike (canada.com)
- Crews begin breaching dike in Manitoba (calgaryherald.com)
- Manitobans wait for dike breach (cbc.ca)
- Floodgate finally to be opened on swollen Assiniboine River (theglobeandmail.com)
- Manitoba begins deliberate floods (thestar.com)
- Some residents question wisdom of Manitoba dike diversion (nationalpost.com)
- Hundreds await deliberate dike breach in Manitoba (canada.com)
- Some residents question wisodom of Manitoba dike diversion (nationalpost.com)
- Assiniboine River will be breached (macleans.ca)