Lanaudière: Bees saved from spring floods

Beekeepers from Lanaudiere had to move their colonies quickly so that the rising waters did not flood thousands of their beehives.

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“Usually it goes up a little bit in the spring, we expect 3-4 inches of water, but here we are at 20-22 inches. [50-55 cm] Water on the ground, so we had no choice but to move everyone and the five hives before it was too late,” explains Caroline Snipe, an amateur beekeeper who lives in Entrelax.

Alan Wingfield, Caroline Sneap's partner, quickly moved five hives to save them from the rising water.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Sneep

Alan Wingfield, Caroline Sneap’s partner, quickly moved five hives to save them from the rising water.

Within hours of Monday, the Jean-Venne river burst its banks.

“Normally, the river is about 40 feet wide, but here we are 500 feet wide,” he says, adding that this is the first time he has seen it in three years.

Mrs. Snape immediately wanted to move them away from the stream. Precious hives can contain 20,000 to 100,000 bees each.

“In the mountains, there is still a lot of snow and we expect rain, so we have raised the bees on the ground,” says the man who discovered his interest in beekeeping three years ago.

Mrs.  The land where Snipe's five hives used to be is completely underwater.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Sneep

Mrs. The land where Snipe’s five hives used to be is completely underwater.

The house will change

Considering the situation, the latter is already planning to move his hives to a safer place for the next few years.

“With global warming, this could happen more often, so let’s put them somewhere else in the fall, we’re not taking any chances,” he concludes.

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