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SANDBAGS

Posted on: May 27, 2022  |  

May 27 update

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at: the 8 Foot Falls Road in Pointe du Bois, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard, and the causeway at Falcon Lake. There are a limited number of pre-filled bags at the Jessica Lake and Pointe du Bois depots.

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May 25 update

Pre-filled bags were delivered today to the Jessica Lake and Pointe du Bois depots.

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at: the 8 Foot Falls Road in Pointe du Bois, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard, and the causeway at Falcon Lake.

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May 23 update

A large sandbagging machine is in operation making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. Please be patient when attending this location, you may have to wait for large equipment to clear.  Sandbag production will be ongoing from 9am to 7pm daily weather permitting. Sandbag operations will continue until Tuesday, May 24 at 12pm.

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at: the 8 Foot Falls Road in Pointe du Bois, the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard, and the causeway at Falcon Lake. There is also a limited amount of pre-filled sandbags available at the 8-Foot Falls location, the Nutimik Water Treatment Plant, and Pinewood Lodge.

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May 22 update 8:30 pm

Correction –  The load of pre-filled bags mentioned below were actually delivered to the  Nutimik Water Treatment Plant and Pinewood Lodge.   Sandbags are still being made at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond as well.

May 22 update 6:45 pm

A load of pre-filled sand bags were just delivered to two locations in the north Whiteshell – the Otter Falls Ball Diamond and Pinewood Lodge. Anyone picking up bags here should bring gloves. There will be some broken bags from being transported and dumped.

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May 21 update

There are lots of workers at the Otter Falls location today.  Thanks to volunteers that showed up to fill sandbags.

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May 20 update

A large sandbagging machine is in operation making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. Please be careful when attending this location, expect a staff person to be directing traffic, and that you may have to wait for large equipment to clear.  Sandbag production will be ongoing from 9am to 7pm daily weather permitting. Pre-filled sandbags are being moved to sand and sandbag filling stations below as supply allows. In the past three days we have made approximately 30,000 sandbags for distribution.

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at: the 8 Foot Falls Road in Pointe du Bois, the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, the Betula Ball Diamond, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard, and the causeway at Falcon Lake. There is also a limited amount of pre-filled sandbags available at the 8-Foot Falls location.

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May 19 update

A large sandbagging machine is in operation making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. Please be careful when attending this location, expect a staff person to be directing traffic, and that you may have to wait for large equipment to clear.  Sandbag production will be ongoing from 9am to 7pm daily.   The machine pumped out 28,000 bags May 19.

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at: the 8 Foot Falls Road in Pointe du Bois, the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, the Betula Ball Diamond, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard, and the causeway at Falcon Lake. There is also a limited amount of pre-filled sandbags available at the 8-Foot Falls location.

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May 17 update

A new location was  setup today for sand and sandbags at Pointe Du Bois at the start of the 8 Foot Falls Road. Please bring a shovel.

A sandbagging machine is making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. A larger sand bagging machine is being mobilized here by Thursday to increase production. Once we have enough pre-filled bags to meet capacity in this location bags will be moved throughout the park.  Please be careful when attending this location and avoid machinery and staff while working.  Cottagers which are looking for a small number of bags and can make their own should come prepared with a shovel.

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May 16 Afternoon update

A sandbagging machine is making prefilled sandbags for distribution at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond. Please be careful when attending this location and avoid machinery and staff while working.  Pre-filled bags have been delivered to this location last night and this morning. These bags are dumped in rough piles from large trucks, please be prepared to dig through the piles and we recommend wearing gloves. Demand is high and Manitoba Parks is looking at options to increase sandbag production. Cottagers looking for a small number of bags and can make their own should come prepared with a shovel.

There is a new location for cottagers to access sand bags for filling and sand at Jessica Lake Block 3-4 (ER 61) at the garbage collection site. Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners at seven locations: the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, the Betula Ball Diamond, Jessica Lake at the garbage collection site, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard and the causeway at Falcon Lake.

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May 16 Morning update

The sandbagging machine and crews are already at work this morning at Otter Falls and the plan is for the machine to stay operational at this location for the next few days.

The Otter Falls site has three options:

  • The Sand Bagging machine is making pre-filled bags. At times demand for these bags is as fast as the crew can make them. People should come prepared to load bags into their vehicles.
  • There is sand and bags available at the site for cottagers to make themselves. If possible cottagers that only need a few bags for weighing down items or are able to fill bags should consider this option. Please bring a shovel.
  • The bags that arrived pre-filled and are dumped in a pile are messy and there is some spoilage from broken bags. Park staff are reporting that there are still a fair amount of good bags here, however they need to be picked out of the pile. Work gloves are helpful here as the sand and bags are rough.

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May 15 update

Pre-filled bags have been delivered to Otter Falls. These come loose in a large truck and dumped in a pile. Cottages may need to move bags that are broken, so please bring gloves

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May 14 update

Sandbags for filling and sand are available for cottage owners to protect cottages or weigh down docks at the Otter Falls Ball Diamond, across from Nutimik Maintenance Yard, the Betula Ball Diamond, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, the West Hawk maintenance yard and the causeway at Falcon Lake. The location across Brereton Lake Resort and the Otter Falls Ball Diamond have a limited amount of pre-filled sand bags available.

A sandbagging machine was set up at Otter Falls Ball Diamond on May 13  for cottagers along the Winnipeg River system. A limited amount of pre-filled bags will be available here. Please be careful when attending this location and avoid machinery and staff while working.

Cottagers are reporting on May 14 that the demand at Otter Falls is outweighing supply.  WCA has been in touch with Manitoba Parks and they have confirmed that more sand and bags on the way to keep all the depots supplied.   They are also looking at having some prefilled bags delivered however the provincial demand for those are high. If anywhere starts to run low people can report is to the 204-340-6769 phone line.  Parks staff are trying to do frequent checks but there is a lot going on.

 

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