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July 15, 2016 – South Whiteshell Flooding Update

Posted on: July 15, 2016  |  

Manitoba Sustainable Development advises 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 that are available for pick up at the West Hawk Maintenance Yard, Falcon Lake Winter Storage area, and Toniata boat launch.

Roads:

 Road repairs will be suspended at 2:00 PM today until Monday morning due to increased weekend traffic in the area. Emergency repairs will continue to be actioned as required through the weekend.

  • Highway #312 from the junction of Highway #44 to Ontario has re-opened, however motorists are advised to use caution as there is still water on the road in some areas.
  • The road between High Rock and McKenzie Beach has reopened.
  • 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 1048.16` feet above sea level, West Hawk Lake has remained the same and is currently reading 1093.63 feet and Falcon Lake has increased 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
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Faloma boat launch is closed due to the high water levels.
  • Beaches in the south Whiteshell are flooded but remain accessible.
  • Toniata and Falcon Beach boat launch have been reopened.

 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).

  • Travel is also not advised along the South Whiteshell Trans-Canada Trail – 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

 

 

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