The big news story right now in Eastern Canada is the weather.
We’ve been having a lot of it – mostly of the monsoon-like rain variety – and that’s been translating into flooding. A lot of it.
The Toronto area has been relatively lucky, but in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, there are whole communities under water and the flood waters haven’t yet peaked.
When I posted for the April Changing Seasons, I included a photo of one of our flooded beaches. Since then however, conditions have worsened. This past weekend I ventured out to Rouge Park to see the impact of our wild weather on this section of Lake Ontario.
In short – it’s a mess.
The normally pristine beach is littered with debris washed up by pounding storm waves, as far as the eye can see.
If I didn’t know that the shoreline isn’t normally right underneath the lifeguard tower, I wouldn’t have thought that the water level was unusually high.
The real water story however is in the parking lot – or what used to be the parking lot. Now it has been claimed by its neighbour – the wetland – which borders it. The wetland has been swollen to overflowing by the bloated Rouge River which drains into Lake Ontario.
In the brisk wind, the waves lapped dangerously close to the tops of my rubber boots. I didn’t dare venture out too far into the deepening water.
Even the speed bumps are underwater.
Nothing is moving too quickly through this area right now … well, except for the ducks. I admit it was amusing to see ducks swimming around in the parking lot. That isn’t a sight one encounters everyday.
While I’m lamenting the cold, damp weather, I’m hoping for drier days ahead for less selfish reasons. I’m hoping that all those people who have been forced from their homes due to flooding can soon return.
Unfortunately they will be looking at a horrible cleanup ahead.
Only the ducks are very happy right now.