2014 flood watch


Home page write up prior to the flood

posted Apr 26, 2014, 6:26 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 26, 2014, 6:37 AM ]

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   We have preserved the home page post her for historical reference.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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April 18 12pm - flood update

posted Apr 18, 2014, 10:30 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 18, 2014, 10:31 AM ]

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

April 17 - 5pm flood update

posted Apr 17, 2014, 2:15 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 2:17 PM ]

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.

April 17 9AM - Flood update

posted Apr 17, 2014, 6:31 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 6:32 AM ]

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


April 16 - 9pm update

posted Apr 16, 2014, 6:45 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 6:45 PM ]

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

April 16 7am - Flood update

posted Apr 16, 2014, 5:12 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 6:19 AM ]

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!


April 15 5pm flood update

posted Apr 15, 2014, 6:30 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 6:31 PM ]

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.



April 15 - 7am Flood update

posted Apr 15, 2014, 4:31 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 4:35 AM ]

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


April 14 - 11pm flood update

posted Apr 14, 2014, 8:17 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 8:22 PM ]

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


April 14 3pm flood update

posted Apr 14, 2014, 1:08 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 1:09 PM ]

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



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