The Lake of the Woods Control Board says water coming into Lake of the Woods remains more than double the maximum amount of water they’re able to release through fully opened dams in the Kenora area.
In a new update, the board says levels on Namakan Lake and Rainy Lake are around their 2014 peaks and may exceed all-time records, and levels in the Lac Seul area have risen by over 26”.
Levels on Lake of the Woods are expected to rise by another 6” to 8” over the next week with more rain in the forecast, and the level of the Winnipeg River is expected to rise another 5” to 7” over the coming days.
Ultimately, the board says a return to normal flow levels is unlikely in the coming weeks because as long as outflows are less than inflows, the lake will continue to rise. The International Lake of the Woods Control Board has been activated and must approve any further actions on Lake of the Woods.
The board adds that tributaries to the Rainy River have peaked again but are slowly dropping. The flow of Rainy River at Manitou Rapids is about 1700 metres per second. Inflows into Lake of the Woods are estimated at over 2500 m3/s.
To make matters worse, Environment Canada is calling for up to 40 mm of rain in this week’s forecast.