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July 13, 2016 – South Whiteshell Flooding Update – Voluntary Evacuation Still In Effect

Posted on: July 13, 2016  |  

New Today – Falcon Beach boat launch and parking lot has been reopended with limited parking available and Toniata boat launch has been reopened.

Manitoba Sustainable Development advises a voluntary evacuation of homes and cottages that have been isolated by road washouts remains in effect. A number of cottage roads and highways in the West Hawk, Falcon Lake and the Whiteshell remain flooded or damaged.

Sandbags:

  • Sustainable Development has a stockpile of sandbags are available for pick up at the West Hawk Maintenance Yard, Falcon Lake Winter Storage area, and Toniata boat launch.
  • Those who normally access their cottages via Hwy #312 and Block 5 Caddy Lake may call the Falcon District Office at 349-2201 to arrange the delivery of sand bags.

Roads:

  • Staff continue to make temporary repairs on all block roads. Assessments of all park roads affected by the flooding continue to be undertaken by Sustainable Development in conjunction with engineering consultants coordinated by EMO.
  • Highway #312 from the junction of Highway #44 to the Ontario border remains closed with signs of water receding on the road.
  • Vehicle access to the following areas remains closed; Block 5 Caddy Lake, all cottages blocks that require access off of Hwy #312, including Caddy Lake Blocks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, West Hawk Lake – Big Island Landing, McDougall`s Landing, and Ingolf, Ontario. A voluntary evacuation remains in place for those cottagers, home owners and businesses whose road access has been cut off in these locations.
  • All remaining cottage roads are accessible at this time
  • For the most recent information on road conditions or highway safety, visit www.manitoba511.ca, call 511 or follow the Twitter account for road closures at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.

Water Levels and Boating Restrictions:

  • Water levels on Caddy Lake have dropped slightly with a reading of 1048.30` feet above sea level, West Hawk Lake has decreased slightly and is currently reading 1093.72 feet and Falcon Lake has decreased slightly with a reading of 1067.11 feet. This and information on other lakes in the area can be accessed at the following link: http://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/floodinfo/floodoutlook/lakes_information.html#lake_levels
  • Real time hydrometric data for Caddy Lake, West Hawk Lake and Falcon Lake can be found at the following link: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/google_map_e.html?searchBy=p&province=MB&doSearch=Go
  • Water levels on Brereton Lake and Big Whiteshell Lake in the North Whiteshell remain the same.
  • SD continues to work with Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) to monitor the lake levels and control structures.
  • As a result of high water on the lakes in the south Whiteshell and especially Caddy Lake, to minimize potential damage to structures and shorelines by boat wakes the following restrictions have been put in place regarding boat traffic:
    • Caddy lake boat use/access is being restricted to “Essential Boat Traffic Only”
    • Restrictions have been put in place to prevent Recreational Boat traffic from operating within 100 metres of shore line on: Star Lake, West Hawk Lake & Falcon Lake.
  • Boaters are advised to obey these restrictions and should use caution as there is the increased potential of floating debris on all lakes in the South Whiteshell.
  • Faloma boat launch lot is closed due to the high water levels.
  • Beaches in the south Whiteshell are flooded but remain accessible.
  • Falcon Beach boat launch and parking lot has been reopended with limited parking available.
  • Toniata boat launch has been reopened.
  • The provincial Amphibex is currently working on Caddy Lake to assist in the removal of the floating bog pieces to prevent them from obstructing the out flow through the tunnels. The bog is being hauled to shore at the Caddy lake boat launch for removal at an approved site.
  • As a result the Caddy Lake boat launch will be temporarily closed until such time the Amphibex is not on site.

Trail Closures:

  • The following trails area closed as of June 28, 1026: McGillivray Falls Hiking Trail, Bear Lake Hiking Trail, Hunt Lake Hiking Trail, Whiteshell River Hiking Trail, Mantario Trail, Caddy Lake Tunnels are closed, and (Mantario Water route – south end) with no travel from Caddy Lake to Sailing Lake (which includes South Cross and North Cross tunnels).
  • Falcon Creek Trail has been reopened.
  • Travel is also not advised along the South Whiteshell Trans-Canada Trai  – until its condition has been assessed

Campgrounds:

  • Currently all campgrounds within the Whiteshell remain open.

Whiteshell Fish Hatchery Interpretive Centre is closed due to the road closure on PR 312.

If you have any further questions or require additional information please contact the Falcon District Office Monday – Friday between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at 1-204-349-2201

One response to “July 13, 2016 – South Whiteshell Flooding Update – Voluntary Evacuation Still In Effect”

  1. David gow says:

    The above report states that Big whiteshell lake level has remained the same when in fact it is up over 2 ft since June 17 Some peoples docks are floating away and some boat houses are threatened.. Boaters should exercise caution with their wakes and be aware of floating debris..

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