State of local emergency declared in RM of Victoria Beach

Residents living on Lake Winnipeg are worried about the condition of the dikes protecting their homes.

RM of Victoria declares local state of emergency Tuesday night

Many shorelines and beaches are under water along Lake Winnipeg. There used to be nearly three metres of beach before the water's edge here at Black's Point beach in Grindstone Provincial Park. (Melanie Verhaeghe/CBC)

As worries grow over the condition of some dikes, the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach declared a local state of emergency Tuesday evening.

Residents living on Lake Winnipeg are worried about the condition of the dikes protecting their homes.

People living near Albert Beach are keeping a close eye on the water, and a state of local emergency has been announced for the RM of Victoria Beach as of Tuesday evening.

High water levels on the lake and windy conditions have frayed nerves, especially because many of the dikes have started to crumble near Albert Beach.

“We came down and saw it was right up to the dike they built three years ago, so that’s kind of scary. It’s really been eating away quite a bit,” said Darlene Broomfield, a cottage owner in the area for the past 36 years.

Hans Lodewyk’s property suffered a lot of damage in 2010 after bad weather sent water over the dikes.

Now, his cottage has been built about half a metre higher.

“When the waters come up and the winds come up, it’s always a concern,” said Lodewyk.

Officials with the RM of Victoria Beach said with water levels high, there are three different beach areas that now need dike repairs.

Coun. Bruce Morrison said the RM is considering declaring a state of emergency so crews can access private properties to do their work.

“They got badly damaged in the latest storm,” said Morrison. “Because of all the water coming from Saskatchewan and from the east, we are being inundated with water.”

And according to Morrison, things will get worse before they get better.

“It’s all going to end up in this lake. They are predicting another foot higher than it is,” he said. “It’s very stressful. You could lose a lot.”

For now, Lodewyks is watching the water closely and hoping repairs will be done soon.