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Goulais River 'approaching flood levels'

Monday, April 29, 2013   by: Staff




Goulais River Watershed Conditions Statement

(April 29, 2013) - Day time temperatures over this past weekend were between 15 - 20 degrees Celsius.

This warm weather has caused the remaining snow pack in the northern reaches of the Goulais River watershed to melt leading to increased water levels within the river.

The river is approaching flood levels [2012 file photo shown]

Over the next week the weather forecast is for daytime temperatures to be between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius.

The forecast is also calling for rain with cumulative rainfall totals of 20-30 mm for the next five days.

The consistently warm temperatures in the next five days will cause considerable snow melt.

This combined with the forecasted rain could lead to flood conditions.

Residents along the Goulais River should monitor conditions closely.

The full impacts of the snow melt and rain may not be felt for 24-48 hours as the water from the upper watershed moves downstream.

Please use extreme caution around water at this time of the year, as water levels on streams, rivers and lakes can change quickly.

The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to monitor river conditions and sensors.

As information becomes available this statement will be updated.

In the event of an emergency caused by flooding, residents should call 911 if they require assistance of emergency personnel.


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Rockin 4/29/2013 5:53:14 PM Report

Sorry to sound sombre however this is what reminds me of spring in my life of over 40 years living here...the Goulais flooding...It's like the return of the birds!
What's disturbing though is with this and the high water it brings, the lake is bleeding dry! As a northerner living here it's insulting and now becoming upsetting that what I believe is the US side building a drain somewhere in the Porcupine Mountain/Duluth area that apparently is alarmingly sucking Superior dry! Is this true anyone?

That's what I thought I heard anyways and am sorry to point a finger in that direction should I be wrong. We need the floods and rain though and these lake levels especially on my drive home past Echo Bay...sad.
Sam C 4/29/2013 6:27:45 PM Report

Rockin... I have heard several different "explanations" -- all very far-fetched and none worth repeating.

I recall that in the mid-80s, the levels of the Great Lakes were so high that many areas -- such as along the St Clair River -- experienced erosion and flooding.

Human activity certainly plays a role in water levels, but not so much as natural factors such as precipitation and drought. We had a relatively average winter, in terms of precipitation. It will take a few more years of similar winter weather -- and summer rainfall -- to replenish the Great Lakes.

Remember that we have just been through several years of below-average rain/snowfall, which contributed to the lower water levels.

lowla 4/29/2013 6:44:47 PM Report

the river has risen quite a bit over the weekend but the lake looks like it is down about two feet
guestwho 4/29/2013 7:31:47 PM Report

so what`s with the cars in water like that,too lazy to drive them to dry ground or too stupid!!
Alystr 4/29/2013 7:37:43 PM Report

Lakes are down around 5 feet or more. And happened within a few years. Something is definitely sucking it dry. They will only notice it when none of the big ships can get through St Marys River..
Timbob 4/29/2013 7:43:23 PM Report

Can anyone tell me if there was ever a year that the Goulais River did NOT flood?
LAWL 4/29/2013 7:43:36 PM Report

Water is down to human consumption and greed. It is illegal for companies to take water directly from the Great Lakes. How the companies get around this law is to take the water from the sources feeding the Great Lakes. Nestle. Look them up.

jojoe71 4/29/2013 7:58:48 PM Report

It all depend where you live along the goulais river to say you were flooded. where we are we haven't had a major flood since the late nineties. It all depends how high above the bank your property is. If it's only one to two feet then your always on flood watch every year. If your six to seven feet as we are then it has to rain fast and hard and melt fast also. Now that the ice is gone for the most part only certain area's of the goulais are concerned with flooding. Also some land is twelve to twenty feet above the water so not much to worry about. The goulais is a long and winding river where certain areas are always flooding in the best of times. It's a small inconvenience to pay to live in one of the best places for summer boating and swimming and fishing to name but a few.
Stugatzu 4/29/2013 8:32:02 PM Report

When you dredge a river to allow larger ships to pass through the shipping lane... the river requires more volume, because the depth has increased.

That water has to come from somewhere...

They want to dredge the shipping lanes that come through this area to accommodate larger vessels --- and the water levels decrease in relation to the dredging. It's all very relative to one another.

If you dig a larger hole, you need more dirt to fill it back up. Same applies to rivers, channels, canals.. etc
Javaman 4/29/2013 8:36:10 PM Report

Those americans down Chicago way are bottling up our water and selling it.
kottage Keeper 4/30/2013 7:15:30 AM Report

Consider global warming on the millions of gallons of evaporation. Then double that for the consumption of bottle water that is consumed on a daily basis. Nestle pumps 300 gal of water per minute from the lower great lakes to feed the population and rape the profits from our natural resources.Nestle was removed from the shores of Lake Michigan (Wisconsin) I believe they are now set up in lower Michigan. Keep buying bottle water???
tba 4/30/2013 7:54:31 AM Report

The IJC,allows Chicago to take water from
Lake Michigan,under International Treaty.It is the ONLY city along the five Great Lakes,to be allowed to do that...openly.The Chicago SAG,flows into the Illinois River, and down to the Mississippi
The International Joint Commission permits Chicago to take 1.4 BILLION GALLONS EVERY DAY,for their water , supplying the city..and after
Treating is directed into the River system.I,m
Unsure as to whether the CALUMET RIVER is included in the IJC agreement,allowing Chicago
To drain Lake Michigan too,as part of the same treaty?
seen_your 4/30/2013 8:47:36 AM Report

Goulagins are tough, take more than a flood to stop'em.
PS64 4/30/2013 9:04:16 AM Report

Just to let everyone know this picture is old. There is NO ice on the river right now. It went out a week ago yesterday. The levels stayed low all week. They only rose 4-5 feet Sunday/Monday after Saturday's "Heat Wave". I live around the corner from where this picture is and the last time I had water on my lawn was 2001. I am in a low area to. I moved there in 1991. 6 floods from 1991 to 2001 and nothing since then "For Me" anyway. Olar Subdivision gets water thru it often. It is 2 feet below my bank right now and Saturday morning it was about 6 feet below. We see this all the time. The important thing is there is NO ice to jam up the river and cause major flooding. I call it natures way of cleaning up the banks down the river. Forecast looks like we may have a little water thru the yard this year. No worry though. 2-3 days of inconvenience compared to 363 days of pure bliss out there....... Love it... Just have to be prepared for it...
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