With memories of the 1997 flood etched forever in my mind, I was rather anxious to see for myself where water levels were at last month on a family weekend trip to Winnipeg.
Well.. so much has changed in Winnipeg since the Great Flood.
Much preventive work has ensured a repeat of 1997 would not occur again. The City opened the floodway that very same weekend, to put suspicions of yet another Winnipeg flood to rest.
Knowing that all that water - at least that which flows into the Assiniboine - originates in part from the Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan - did not ease the weighy witewaterish notions back home that inspired colourful references to Regina's Mighty Wascana.
It was somewhat reasuring in the end to see disaster averted in Winnipeg.
We are all hoping here in Saskatchewan that Brandon and Manitoba will make it through current challenges relatively unscathe.