The Southern Lakes water fight continues

Today hydrologists will measure water levels in the Marsh Lake region after Sunday’s rain. They are expected to have risen and will continue…

Today hydrologists will measure water levels in the Marsh Lake region after Sunday’s rain.

They are expected to have risen and will continue to remain high into the month of August, said Emergency Measures Organization spokesperson George Maratos.

Despite the continued threat, progress is being made in the effort to protect homes.

More than 45 centimetres of water has been removed from Army Beach Road by building a dike and using three pumps capable of moving a million gallons an hour each.

A volunteer worker reported seeing residents joyfully dancing on their decks as they watched the water level on the road descend.

The cleared road makes it easier to combat the flooding and for residents to reach their homes.

“It really was an engineering feat,” said Maratos. “It’s nice to see all these agencies working together so well.”

EMO asks boaters continue to abide by restrictions of 10 kilometres per hour when 75 metres or closer to shore.

The boil-water advisory from July 18 is still in effect.

EMO will reassess its need for volunteers following the overwhelming response received thus far.

“It’s been remarkable! We have such an abundance of sandbags now; it’s been a total community effort,” said Maratos. (CO)

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