Normally the Red River rises in the spring and then spends the whole summer dropping. This year it rose in the spring a bit. Not as much as expected after all that snow – but it was high enough that the big tree across the river had water all around it.
The river started it’s slow drop after the spring high levels, but in June we received so much rain, that it has been rising again since mid June. It is at the point where they are talking about opening the floodway gates. They may have already done that – but I don’t follow the news, so don’t know for sure when that is happening.
I do know that the river was higher this morning than it was last week or earlier on in June. Here are some pictures that I have taken of the big tree across the Red River over the last few weeks when Chester and I were on our walks. Most of the days it was raining too much to take my camera so that is why I don’t have many pictures, but you can see how it has changed.
June 11th, the big tree was high and dry, but the dead tree still had its roots in the water.
June 23rd, the big tree was still above the water level, but it was getting closer and the dead tree has more water around it.
July 2nd, the big tree is in the water again but I didn’t get the dead tree in this picture. They are not predicting any rain for today or tomorrow and there is an advisory out for “High Water”. Several of the towns around Winnipeg have flooded.