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Above: Low Falls Black River, Vankoughnet ON.  April 15 2018 (photo by Chris Varga)

With significant snow pack in the bush, frost still in the ground, and a winter that doesn't want to release it's hold on the region, we could be in for another record breaking flood season.   We are now half way through April (15th to be exact) and in the midst of a significant snow/ice storm.   The Black River water levels are currently reasonably low and have not started rising significantly.   To add perspective, the flood watch has regularly started at the end of March and water levels have often peaked mid April.   The later into spring we go, a much higher chance of sudden and sustained  temperature increases are possible, which could lead to a rapid melt.  Add some rain and water levels could rise fast.    So stay tuned for regular reports as things change through the next few weeks.  


posted May 6, 2018, 8:53 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated May 6, 2018, 8:56 AM ]

May 6, 2018:

Misty morning sunbeams in "downtown" Vankoughnet. We will take them as a sign that the 2018 flood risk has passed and mother nature has finally decided spring is here to stay...... we hope.

The water level is currently well below flood levels and appears to be dropping.  The last few days of rain had little impact on increasing water levels in the Black River and a warm dry forecast for the week ahead should further reduce the risk of flooding this season.  

Big storm, little impact

posted May 4, 2018, 5:38 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated May 4, 2018, 5:38 PM ]

Friday May 4 2018

2 days of rain and a strong thunder and wind storm today may still cause water level increases, but so far so good.   Some downed trees and power outages reported in the area though.   No reports of major damage in Vankoughnet as of yet.   Feel welcome to send updates to or comment to this post directly on Facebook.

Water levels lower again, but may increase with the forcasted rain.

posted May 2, 2018, 5:29 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated May 2, 2018, 5:31 PM ]

Wednesday May 2 2018:

The water level has dropped significantly, but there is still a slight risk of flooding with the rainy forecast predicted for the next couple of days.   We will continue to post updates for the next week or so, just in case water levels rise again.      No "exciting" pictures to post this time...which is a good thing!

No noticeable increase in black river water level.

posted Apr 28, 2018, 11:41 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 28, 2018, 11:42 AM ]

Saturday April 28 2018.

No noticeable increase in black river water level. Might even be a few inches lower. Warm weather and lots of rain in the forecast for next week may change that. Low falls still looks pretty powerful though.

Low falls Black River April 27, 2018

Black River set to burst it's banks

posted Apr 27, 2018, 5:42 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 5:43 PM ]

Friday April 27th:
Below: The black river creeps across Miriam road facing south near bones falls. 6pm today

Below: Black River facing North at McCutcheon bridge.  6pm today

Black River at McCutcheon Bridge facing south.  6pm

Below: Low falls black river.  6pm

April 25 - The river is on the rise

posted Apr 25, 2018, 4:54 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 4:55 PM ]

Warm weather and a full day of rain, which is set to continue for the next 2 days, has the river is on the rise.  The water still remains within it's banks on Vankoughnet Rd at McCutcheon bridge.

April 20 2018 - No significant water level rise

posted Apr 20, 2018, 12:57 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 12:57 PM ]

Today marked the first day of a warmer week ahead and perhaps an end to the winter weather that has persisted long past its welcome.
Water levels remain well below flood level.   Just a beautiful day to take pictures down by the river. :)
Photos below taken today at aprox 3pm.

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Black river at McCutcheon bridge Vankoughnet. Facing South. April 20 2018. Photo by Chris Varga
Black river at McCutcheon bridge Vankoughnet. Facing North. April 20 2018. Photo by Chris Varga

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