More wet weather in the area and a quick snow melt are leading to more extreme water levels in the region, with Lake of the Woods expected to rise above its expected operating range.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board says current water levels are over the 95th percentile level for this time of the year, after rising by 12” over the past week.

Another rise of 10 to 13” is expected over the next week as the board has approved fully opening the Norman Dam by Saturday, which will increase outflows to try to lower water levels on Lake of the Woods. The Rainy Lake Dam has also been fully opened with record flows in Minnesota.

As a result, water levels on the Winnipeg River are expected to rise by roughly:

Below Norman Dam – 14”
Above Kimberley Rapids – 12”
Winnipeg River Marina – 12”
Near Locke Bay – 12”
Above Myrtle Rapids – 12”
Above the Dalles – 12”
Above Throat Rapids – 12”
Minaki – 9”

As well, flows in the English River and Lac Seul areas are expected to rise quickly over the next week. Levels on Lac Seul are in the 55th percentile level for this time of year, after rising by about 6” over the past week. Levels are expected to rise by another 12” or so over the next week.

The LWCB notes they will be hosting a virtual public information session about forecasts and conditions on May 10, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., where residents will be asked to submit questions to the board. Interested participants are asked to email secretariat@lwcb.ca.