A number of residents have expressed concern about removing the GeoTubes without assurances that new Geotubes will be installed should Delta be flooded again.
Last night the DBA executive passed a resolution asking the RM of Portage to receive assurance from the Province to protect Delta from 2011 and 2014 flooding before removing the GeoTubes.
A copy of the resolution is below:
WHEREAS the residents of Delta Manitoba have no assurance of flood protection once the GeoTubes are removed; AND
WHEREAS the Delta properties have experienced significant erosion since the creation of the Assiniboine Diversion; AND
WHEREAS the Lake Manitoba outlet channel is still not complete and therefore no adequate flood control measures are in place today; AND
WHEREAS in 2014 it was proven that GeoTubes provide significant protection from flood damage; AND
WHEREAS should the flooding similar to 2011 and 2014 occur again, many residents are convinced their properties require protection offered by the existing GeoTubes;
THEREFORE the Delta Beach Association asks the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie to:
1) Obtain written assurance (prior to the removal of the GeoTubes) from the Province of Manitoba that GeoTubes will be installed to protect Delta when Lake Manitoba is beyond its operating range of 812.5 feet and expected to be at or near 814 feet due to flood operations such as the Assiniboine Diversion or other flooding.
2) Failing the ability to obtain written assurance from the Province, the DBA asks that the GeoTubes remain in place until the Lake Manitoba (LMB) outlet channel is complete and operational.
PASSED UNANIMOUSLY September 5, 2019