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2014 Vankoughnet flood watch

posted Apr 12, 2014, 3:23 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 6:46 PM ]
The 2014 flood watch begins
Photo below is from last year
Photo by Chris Varga
Click here to see details from the 2013 flood

We will do our best to provide regular updates and post them here throughout the next few days. 
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Other weather and flood related links:

Environment Canada - Water office (real time water level measurements):  http://www.wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/





  • Home page write up prior to the flood
    The following content was posted on the site home page prior to the 2014 spring thaw.  During the spring of 2013 there was record flooding of the black river and many other areas in muskoka.  The 2013/2014 winter was a record breaker as well.  It started early and had record accumulations which remained into May.  Spring seemed to be delayed by 3-4 weeks in 2014 and this set the stage for the potential of another massive flood.  Although the water levels did not match the record breaking 2013 spring flood, they were still significant.  This was another odd spring occurrence, with significant temperature fluctuations.  Unusually cold temps helped prevent extreme flooding but caused the flooded areas to freeze solid for a day or 2.   We have preserved the home page post her for historical reference.


    WHAT WILL THIS SPRING BRING???
    Watch the 2013 Vankoughnet flood recap video below
    Click here for more photos, video and info about last years flood

    Was the 2013 flood just a fluke or the new normal? 

    With record amounts of snow still hanging around this late in the season, many wonder if the "100 year" flood that occurred last year will happen again, or be even worse.  As we get deeper into spring, the chance of prolonged, extreme temperature increases becomes much greater.  Compounding the situation, there is still significant snow accumulation on the frozen ground, and the potential for some heavy "April showers".

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    Posted Apr 26, 2014, 6:37 AM by Van koughnet
  • April 18 12pm - flood update
    Water level down a bit more this AM. Rain might bring it back up, but weather forecast looks good for the next few days...until they change it on us! 

    This will be the last update unless water level starts to rise again....or something else of interest occurs. 
    April 18 12pm  flood update - Photo by Chris Varga
    April 18 12pm  flood update - Photo by Chris Varga
    April 18 12pm  flood update - Photo by Chris Varga

    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 10:31 AM by Van koughnet
  • April 17 - 5pm flood update
    WATER LEVEL DROPPING FAST

    Hard to believe these are taken only 7hrs after the last update. Hopefully the worst of the flooding is behind us, but rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow could bring it back up again.

    Posted Apr 17, 2014, 2:17 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 17 9AM - Flood update
    Water level down significantly this morning



    Mother nature first showed us her power, and then her beauty. hundreds of icicles appear over night under McCutcheon bridge. Photos below


    Posted Apr 17, 2014, 6:32 AM by Van koughnet
  • April 16 - 9pm update
    ADDING A LITTLE "LIGHT" HEARTEDNESS TO A "HEAVY" SITUATION.....
    Gotta love the extra effort used in this warning to sum up the situation! Just imagine the time spent to hand write the extra bit at the top. Probably went through a number of
    options before making the BIG decision......
    DEEP.......TOTALLY.......REALLY.....DANGEROUSLY....???
    Looking south on Vankoughnet Rd towards McCutcheon bridge - April 16 10am - photo by Chris Varga

    Back to business....
    The included photo's were taken at 10am, but water level has dropped about a foot as of 9pm today.  Can't be too certain, but the weather forecast looks like it will put a slow gradual end to our flooding this year.   Keep your fingers crossed.
    Looking south on Vankoughnet Rd towards McCutcheon bridge - April 16 10am - photo by Chris Varga

    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 6:45 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 16 7am - Flood update
    ICY MESS!
    View of Vankoughnet rd and McCuteon bridge as of 7am this morning.  The cold (-13C) night brought Black river water level down a bit,  but flooded areas have frozen solid in spots.  Miriam Drive (not seen here) has it the worst.  Miriam is the only way out of that area for residents living down that way.  Not sure if the road is currently passable.  From one extreme to the next.  Rain and warmer temps in the forecast for tomorrow!


    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 6:19 AM by Van koughnet
  • April 15 5pm flood update
    Black river water level is up again from last post. Now just brushing the underside of the north edge of McCutcheon bridge. Hopefully the cold night ahead will help.



    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 6:31 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 15 - 7am Flood update
    Winter returns
    Flood level not a lot higher than last night but it sure looks worse. Buses are cancelled by the way!
    7AM April 15th - Photo by Chris Varga
    7AM April 15th - Photo by Chris Varga
    7AM April 15th - Photo by Chris Varga


    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 4:35 AM by Van koughnet
  • April 14 - 11pm flood update
    Vankoughnet Rd. just north of McCutcheon bridge now has a significant amount of water on it compared to last post 5hrs ago. Looks like it is still rising. Water is almost touching the bottom of the bridge. Hopefully the cooler weather slows things down.

    11pm April 14 - photo by Chris Varga
    11pm April 14 - photo by Chris Varga


    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 8:22 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 14 3pm flood update
    Eerie fog hiding its secrets

    3pm April 14 2014 - photo by Chris Varga
    The river is just starting to escape it's banks and creep over Vankoughnet road just north of McCutcheon bridge.
    3pm April 14 2014 - photo by Chris Varga
    Water level is just below bridge
    3pm April 14 2014 - photo by Chris Varga



    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:09 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 14 8am update
    Water level has increased from last update but, level remains below McCutcheon bridge.  

    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:09 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 13 10pm update
    No major change in the river water level from the last update at 12pm today.  The water is about 2 feet below McCutcheon bridge.  There were a few heavy down pours through the day today.   Rain is expected over night and through Monday.

    Posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:10 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 13 12pm flood update
    So far so good!
    Water level has not increased significantly since last night.

    Changes happen pretty rapidly though.  These 2 photos were taken within 15 minutes of each other.  Sadly missed the ice go while it was happening!
    April 13 2014 12pm update -  photo by Chris Varga
    April 13 2014 12pm update -  photo by Chris Varga




    Posted Apr 13, 2014, 12:56 PM by Van koughnet
  • April 12 7pm Update
    View of McCutcheon bridge before the rain
    7pm Sat. Apr 12 2014 - photo by Chris Varga

    The following info was posted on 12th prior to any flooding this year.
    Concerns of a repeat of last years flood seem to be well founded.  The Black river is already quite high.  and there is still significant snow accumulation in the area.    Environment Canada has issued a rain fall warning of up to 75mm for the next 3 days. Compounding the issue, day time temperatures are expected to be in the teens.   



    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 6:48 PM by Van koughnet
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