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FLOOD WATCH 2019

posted Apr 11, 2019, 8:04 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated ]
This post marks the start of the 2019 Vankoughnet Flood Watch.  We have been tracking the spring water levels of the Black River since the "Great Flood" of 2013 and hope we never see flooding as bad as that again. 

With ice still on the river and significant snow pack in the surrounding lands, once again conditions are favourable to experience significant flooding along the Black River.  It could go either way, depending on how mother nature feels this spring.  

If there is significant rainfall and a sudden spike in temperature, water levels will rise fast.  The longer the cold temperatures stay into the spring, the higher the chance for a sudden warming that could cause water levels to spike.  

With warmer temps and rain in the forecast for the next week, the river should start to rise pretty quickly.

Over the next few weeks "we" will do our best to post river level updates, photos and videos.  You can also follow the story on Facebook and Twitter.   Just click on either in this article to go to the corresponding pages.

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April 19 2019

REVENGE!
Significant rainfall over the last 24hrs had a big impact on the Black River water levels, rising almost 2ft. 

RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 5ft-2in below the deck of McCutcheon bridge  April 19 2019, 8 am

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xhQ63mGpdpwksmVQ9
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. April 19th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON  
photo by Chris Varga

McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing South. April 19th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing South. April 19th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON  
photo by Chris Varga

Low Falls Vankoughnet, ON - April 19 2019




April 18 2019

Rebound
A little rain and warm weather caused the river level to rise 3 inches from yesterday morning to this morning.  

RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 6ft-9in below the deck of McCutcheon bridge  April 18 2019, 8 am

April 17 2019

Rewind
River level actually went down by an inch over the last 24 hours.   Yet another beautiful day, but heavy rain is in the forecast starting at 12am tonight and continuing through tomorrow.

RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 7ft below the deck of McCutcheon bridge  April 17 2019, 8:30am

April 16 2019
Spring is back!
A cool night stopped the river from rising since yesterday morning, but a beautiful day ahead.

RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 6ft-11in below the deck of McCutcheon bridge  April 16 2019, 9am

McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. April 16th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. April 16th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON  
photo by Chris Varga

Low Falls  Black River. Facing North. April 16th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
Low Falls  Black River. Facing North. April 16th 2019. Vankoughnet, ON  
photo by Chris Varga


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April 15 2019

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!
https://picasaweb.google.com/110397721241196400601/6678641096818689905#6680192426763539170
A messy LATE winter storm hit last night, blanketing the region with some sloppy white stuff making the scenery look more like a dreary November day. photo by Chris Varga


RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 6ft-11in below the deck of McCutcheon bridge  April 15 2019, 9am
An increase of only 1 inch over a 24 hour period. Not a significant increase but levels may start rising faster from this point forward. 

Here are some pics and video from today:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110397721241196400601/6678641096818689905#6680192428744923282
Low Falls Vankoughnet, ON photo by Chris Varga

Low falls Vankoughnet, ON Facing North - April 15 2019

Low falls Vankoughnet, ON Facing South - April 15 2019




April 14 2019

Low Falls up close and personal


RIVER LEVEL RECORDING: 7ft below the deck of McCutcheon bridge April 14 2019, 9am
Just a 4in change from yesterday morning, from 7ft 4in to 7ft.
The ice went fast, but no significant water level increase.
Low falls sure is raging though.

April 13 2019

ICE OUT!
The annual Ice out is a thunderously amazing spectacle to watch and we were fortunate enough to catch a small video clip of the event.
Check out the Youtube channel for more videos.     Video by Chris Varga.

Just a day after posting the first flood watch post of 2019 things changed "rapidly" with a significant amount of the river ice giving way and washing down the river.  This was a significant surprise as there was still a lot of solid ice on the river 2 days ago.
photo by Chris Varga

THE FIRST RIVER LEVEL RECORDING OF THE SEASON: 7ft 4 inches below the deck of McCutcheon bridge April 13 2019, 9am

This is by no means a highly scientific method for measuring river levels, but it does provide a pretty good idea of how fast the river level is changing.  Measurements will be taken on an almost daily basis from today on-wards, until any flood risk has passed for the season.  

7feet 4inches from river level to the deck of the
McCutcheon bridge as of 9am April 12 2019.
photo by Chris Varga

How it's done:  A "specially designed" measuring pole marked with 1 inch increments is lowered to river water level from the same spot on the McCutcheon bridge.   The measurement shows how much distance is between the top of the water and the level of the bridge deck.   The lower the number, the higher the water.    So if its 8ft one day and 7ft the next, that means the river rose 1 ft in one day. :)


McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga


Low Falls Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga



April 11 2019:

McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga


McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga


McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing South. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
McCutcheon Bridge Black River. Facing South. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga


Low Falls Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga
Low Falls Black River. Facing North. Vankoughnet, ON   photo by Chris Varga

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