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PROVINCE UPDATES SOUTH WHITESHELL HEAVY RAIN EVENT

Posted on: June 27, 2016  |  

Manitoba Sustainable Development advises a voluntary evacuation of homes and cottages that have been isolated by road washouts is still in effect.

A number of regional roads in West Hawk, Falcon Lake and the Whiteshell remain flooded or damaged:

  • PR 312 from the junction of PTH 44 to the Ontario border remains closed;
  • temporary repairs have been made to the Falcon Lake South Shore Road, allowing for single-lane traffic to pass, and staff are directing traffic through the road, asking people to drive with caution;
  • PR 307 in the north Whiteshell area is washed out near the CP tracks between Brereton Lake and Rennie, with motorists advised to travel via Seven Sisters;
  • other roads in the south Whiteshell area have also been affected and could deteriorate quickly,  and driving with caution is advised; and
  • Caddy Lake tunnels are closed.

High water levels are affecting boathouses and docks along shorelines in the south Whiteshell area.  Water may have reached two cottages on Caddy Lake and efforts have been made to contact the owners.

The Mantario Trail remains impassable and the McGillivray Falls Trail has major washouts.  Other trails in the area have yet to be assessed.

Officials are waiting for the water to recede in many areas before repairs can begin.  It is too early to provide cost estimates until the full extent of the damage is revealed by receding water.  South Whiteshell residents and cottage owners can call 1-204-349-2201 for updated local information.

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.

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