What would Pallister say?
@03.2 Sound Off Body Copy:Now that we are in the middle of our second 300-year flood, I think that we should be extending a huge amount of credit to the provincial NDP government for jumping up to the plate once again to bail out us
flood-stricken Manitobans. It must be a very difficult thing to budget for spending hundreds of millions of dollars on an act of God twice in four years. It actually makes the “illegal” one per cent PST hike look pretty pathetic. By the way, where is Mr. Pallister these days? Is he out spending millions of dollars on a lawsuit against the NDP? Why is he not out there telling us how he would have handled the situation and budgeted for it?
Time to focus on the real ground zero of this flood
We have a government which refuses to believe that the massive drainage of wetlands in southwestern Manitoba over the past few decades in particular has anything or very little to do with what we are now experiencing for flooding. Funny how it’s always so much easier to point the blame finger elsewhere, in this case Saskatchewan, or the weather or whatever. I say enough of the Band-Aid game and if the military is to be used get them to start sandbagging drained wetlands — the real ground zero in this whole fiasco. I’m sure there are lots of producers out there who could show them where they are!
City gong show
It’s 8 a.m. Friday morning rush hour, the city is under a state of emergency, First Street North is closed, the bypass is closed, I’m driving up 18th Street trying to get to work on the North Hill when what do I encounter — a lane closure in one of the two northbound lanes. Why? Dike repair you ask? No, instead seven, yes you heard right, seven city employees and the flower watering truck all huddled in some kind of important meeting as to how good they were doing at impeding traffic, I suppose. It’s moments like this that make you wonder if the manager who sent them there is near or on the over $100,000 list. If so I see potential for budget cuts.
Something doesn’t measure up
Our city measures water levels at the First Street bridge. In 2011, First Street was sandbagged off, forcing water back under the bridge, not across First Street to wherever. It would seem that if water is measuring as high this year, the physics would say we have more water this year than 2011 because it is not being kept in the channel. Maybe someone can explain this, but please not the provincial flood people or the weather forecasters.
It’s about more than the Corral Centre
As a resident of the north side of the city, I cannot understand what it is about the Corral Centre, that turns otherwise intelligent human beings into complete idiots. The Corral Centre was the last development on the flood plain between First and Eighth streets. There already was an elementary school and 100 or more homes there. The diking west of 18th Street and north of the river is needed to protect these developments without the centre being there. It should be obvious that it is also needed to protect access to the south part of the city. Both First and 18th streets would have been flooded.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 21, 2014