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FYI on rising water levels

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Lake of the Woods and Lac Seul are very high and nearing flood stage. Here's the report released today from the lake of the woods control board...

fyi to all who own property or whatever...

"Lac Seul outflow will be increased to 770 m³/s on Wednesday, July 16th. This is the highest outflow since September 1992, when outflow peaked at 798 m³/s. Further increases may be necessary.

The level of Lake of the Woods is 323.32 m (1060.8 ft), an 80th percentile level for this time of year. The lake level rose 3 cm (1.2 in) over the past week and is expected to rise up to this amount over the next week. Lake of the Woods outflow is 1025 m³/s.

The level of the Winnipeg River continues to be above normal but should be fairly stable over the next week.

The level of Lac Seul is 356.95 m (1171.1 ft), a 95th percentile level for this time of year. The lake level rose 9 cm (3.5 in) over the past week and is expected to rise 5-7 cm (2.0-2.8 in) over the next week. Lac Seul outflow will be increased on Wednesday, July 16th, probably from 710 to 770 m³/s but subject to re-assessment. The diversion of water from Lake St. Joseph into Lac Seul is closed, except for minimum fishery flows.

With an increase to 770 m³/s, the level of Pakwash Lake and the English River below Ear Falls could rise 25-60 cm (10-24 in), while the level further down the English River at Grassy Narrows could rise 30-70 cm (12-28 in). The amount of rise depends very much on how long the high outflow must be maintained and on what happens with the unregulated tributary flow over the next few days to weeks.

If further information is required, please call toll-free to the Board's Secretariat at 1-800-661-5922."

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Will this raise or lower the water levels on Lake Minnitaki, just below Souix Lookout? Have heard that the lake is currently at a very high level and the docks at Pickeral Arm Camp are almost underwater. Headed there July 25th so am very interested.

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