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July 5, 2016 – South Whiteshell Flooding Update

Posted on: July 5, 2016  |  

South Whiteshell Flooding Update – Voluntary Evacuation Still In Effect

A meeting for flood affected home owners, cottagers and businesses was held Sunday July 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Falcon Lake Community Centre. Representatives from Sustainable Development and Manitoba Infrastructure were on hand to provide updates on the situation. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting which gave a chronological timeline of events from Friday, June 25th to the present. Concerns on the outflows at Caddy Lake were brought up by the group along with water levels on several of the lakes and boating traffic continuing while the lake levels were high. General questions about varying topics were addressed.

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:

· Currently Sustainable Development has staff operating one sandbagging machine at the Caddy Lake boat launch producing sandbags to replenish any stockpiles that have diminished. Sandbags are available for pick up at the Caddy Lake boat launch, West Hawk Maintenance Yard, Falcon Lake Winter Storage area, Falcon South Shore road boat launch, 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.
· If anyone would like to volunteer to assist property owners with sandbagging please contact the Falcon District office at 349-2201 and leave your name and contact number.
· Anyone seeking volunteers to assist in sandbagging their property may contact the Falcon District office at 349-2201 for information on how to contact available volunteers.

Roads:

· Staff continue to make temporary repairs on all block roads.
· Assessments of all park roads affected by the flooding are being 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
· Falcon Lake South Shore Road is open to provide single lane traffic with reduced speed; motorists should be advised that some water remains on the road.
· Highway 44 between Rennie and Caddy Lake Resort remains closed due to flooding
· Highway #307 in the North Whiteshell has been repaired near CP rail tracks between Brereton Lake and Rennie. Two lanes of PR #307 reopened at approximately 8:00 PM, July 1, 2016, caution reduced speed.
· 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 since yesterday with a reading of 1049.85` feet above sea level, West Hawk Lake has increased slightly and is currently reading 1094.17 feet and Falcon Lake has decreased slightly with a reading of 1067.48 feet. This and information on other lakes in the area can be accessed at the following link: http://www.gov.mb.ca/…/floodinfo/fl…/lakes_information.html…
· Real time hydrometric data for Caddy, West Hawk and Falcon Lakes can be found at the following link: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/google_map_e.html…
· Water levels on Brereton Lake in the North Whiteshell remain the same.

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