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The Red River Floodway is an artificial flood control waterway in Western Canada, first used in 1969. It is a 47 km (29 mi) long channel which, during flood periods, takes part of the Red River’s flow around the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba to the east and discharges it back into the Red River below the dam at Lockport. It can carry floodwater at a rate of up to 2,550 cubic metres (91,700 cubic feet) per second. It was built partly in response to the disastrous 1950 Red River flood.
The Floodway was pejoratively nicknamed “Duff’s Ditch” by opponents of its construction, after Premier Duff Roblin, whose Progressive Conservative government initiated the project. It was completed in time and under budget. Subsequent events have vindicated the plan. Used more than 20 times from its completion in 1968 to 2006, the Floodway has prevented an estimated $10 billion (CAD) in cumulative flood damages. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2000, as the floodway is an outstanding engineering achievement both in terms of function and impact.

Captured with a Canon EOS Rebel T3


the red river floodway, flood way, grass, train bridge, power lines, manitoba, hay bales, sky, clouds, cloudy sky, duffs ditch, canada, winnipeg, landscape, sky scape, stephen thomas

I’ve been a hobby photographer for over 25 years. I was first introduced to photography as part of my grade 11/12 art class and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I enjoy photographing nature, wild life, pets, people, flowers, still life, macro, landscapes, cityscapes and weddings,

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Nice POV Stephen with an interesting read…love the sky BTW

  • Thanks Larry!

    – Stephen Thomas

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning capture! Lovely colours and heavenly lighting!

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 2 years ago


  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...almost 2 years ago

    November 16, 2012

  • Nora Fraser
    Nora Fraseralmost 2 years ago

    and very educational

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent perspective

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 1 year ago

    Superb image Stephen. That’s a terrific sky and you made the most of it…definite fave. >Ron<

  • marens
    marensover 1 year ago

    fantastic capture and interesting infos Stephen!!!

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