Being a boy back in the ’60s and having moved near the Assiniboine River, I have lived and battled with its waters from Portage la Prairie to Brandon.
Living two miles away from the river for most of that time, I knew that the river would come and see me more often then I would go down to it. And at one time even had someone knocking on my door and telling my grandfather and I to be ready to leave as the river had an ice jam.
I learned to enjoy the river from a distance and respect its land.
When we built the diversion in Portage we envied Brandon, as did all other communities, for not having to worry about the waters of the river because they were blessed with their own natural flood plain and it was Brandon’s floodway at no cost to its government or taxpayers.
When I heard that the City of Brandon decided to claim the land from the river, we all thought the city was nuts ... as does the river. She claims her land when she wants it. You haven’t won the battle — the river has a mind of its own.
I hope the city is proud for selling prime flood land — which has been known for hundreds of years — to people who didn’t know better. Brandon should be so proud, but hold your heads low.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 9, 2014