Between the Waters

Here in Manitoba, Canada, we are having a very wet spring. A late snowstorm dumped a lot of water on the land and now we have a few days of rain during the peak of runoff. The Assiniboine river is peaking today but the levees are giving way so the government has decided to breach the levees in such a way that the river will flood only 150 homes instead of 500 or more if the levees failed randomly.

This crisis was sprung on us because some upstream water gauges gave erroneous readings. When the river exceeded expectatiions the error was discovered too late to build up levees. This is a combination of problems coming together in the worst possible way.

This is why I am not an executive. Having to make such important decisions based on fuzzy information is not what I do…

A map of the region to be flooded is here.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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