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The Lemieux Creek flight mission location can be found travelling up Highway 24 from Little Fort for about 3.5 Km from the Highway 5 North turnoff. There is a road to the left, which winds down and under the bridge. The first flight mission was conducted on Saturday, March 17, 2018. There was a lot of snow on the ground, but the daytime temperature was comfortable. Four trips were completed up to April 9, 2018. We are hoping to get back to Lemieux Creek this week to see how much the water levels and current have changed.

Lemieux Creek Flood Monitoring

Lemieux Creek UAV Aerial Video May 12, 2018

We were a little delayed getting the video out for Lemieux Creek, but finally got around to it today.  Lemieux Creek has some of the most beautiful water out of all our flight mission locations throughout the North Thompson Valley.  It is a earthen-green colour, maybe even emerald when the sun hits it at a certain angle.  Lovely drive off of Highway 24 on a Saturday afternoon.  The waters have more than doubled since our last visit.  The turbidity of the creek is high, and the water volume and flow are high as well.

There is still about 45 centimetres of freeboard before the creek hits the top of the bank at this location.


Lemieux Creek Aerial Photos May 12, 2018

Round five at Lemieux Creek.  It’s been 5 weeks since our last visit, and the change in water velocity and volume is amazing.  It is apparent that the daytime and nighttime temperatures have had a great effect on the increase in water flows.  Lemieux Creek has changed from a crystal clear babbling brook to a raging river.  Turbidity has increased substantially.  We are curious to see changes over the next week with double-digit nighttime temperatures; how much will water volume increase with the melt from the Bridge Lake plateau area?

  • Water level: high
  • Water speed: very fast
  • Turbidity: high
Lemieux Creek Aerial Photos April 9, 2018

Round four at Lemieux Creek.  The snow and ice has melted. Temperatures have increased.  Water flow has not increased.  Would have been a perfect day for catch and release trout fishing.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low
Lemieux Creek Aerial Photos March 30, 2018

Round three at Lemieux Creek.  The snow is quickly disappearing.  Temperatures have increased.  Water flow has very slightly increased.  Turbidity is still very low.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low
Lemieux Creek Aerial Photos March 25, 2018

Round two at Lemieux Creek.  The snow is slowly melting. Water is amazing; crystal clear with a light green tinge – beautiful.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low

 

Lemieux Creek Aerial Photos March 17, 2018

Round one of UAV flight missions monitoring water levels at Lemieux Creek.  The snow is still deep.  The creek is open in this area as it is south-facing and receives longer sunlight hours.

  • Water level: low
  • Water speed: slow
  • Turbidity: very low

 

Check out our other blog posts on water levels of the North Thompson River near Little Fort, and the Little Fort Ferry Crossing update for more pictures and video.

Little Fort and McLure Ferry River Crossing Update 1

Little Fort and McLure Ferry River Crossing Update 2

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