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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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Hello WCA, Here are the new items for today. - Manitoba Hydro released information this afternoon regarding the expected continued high water flows on the Winnipeg River (we have provided the link below and some of the key lake points). The Winnipeg River is expected to crest between June 5-10. Please see www.hydro.mb.ca/corporate/facilities/water_levels/ to view the forecast.- The shoreline adjacent to the Pointe du Bois subdivision has been included in the 100 metre from shore prohibition on recreational motor boat use. Whiteshell Provincial Park: May 27, 2022 A local state of emergency has been declared for Whiteshell Provincial Park on May 20, 2022 due to rising water levels within the park. Developed areas at Betula Lake were closed on May 21, 2022. This closure area was expanded (May 24) to include Sylvia Lake, Otter Falls, Dorothy Lake, Barrier Bay and Nutimik Lake areas. No person should reside or enter into the closed area. Please visit the Manitoba Parks Website www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/ to see a map of the closure. This applies to all cottage subdivisions, commercial areas, campgrounds, group use, day use, recreational and picnic areas, playgrounds, trails, and beaches with within the order area. During the closure no person should reside or enter into the closure area of the park. Manitoba Hydro released information this afternoon regarding the expected continued high water flows on the Winnipeg River. Water continues to rise significantly along the lakes that make up the Winnipeg River system (Nutimik, Dorothy, Margaret, Eleanor, and Sylvia Lakes as well as Pointe du Bois) as water moves downstream from Lake of the Woods. Water levels rise quickly in these areas due to natural restrictions along the river. Please see www.hydro.mb.ca/corporate/facilities/water_levels/ to view the forecast. Manitoba Hydro is predicating an increase of water levels from the current high water over the next 10 to 14 days, as follows: • 6 inches upstream of Eight Foot Falls. • 10 inches in Nutimik Lake. • 9 inches in Dorothy Lake. • 11 inches in Margaret/Eleanor Lake. • 1 foot in Sylvia Lake. • 8 inches upstream of Silver Falls. The Winnipeg River is expected to crest between June 5-10. Rising water levels and rapidly evolving conditions pose a significant risk to public safety. Manitoba Parks continue to monitor safety and water levels inside the closure area, additional safety measures may be applied if required. Manitoba Parks has been contacting all permanent residents in the closure area. If you have not been contacted by Manitoba Parks staff to register, please call the parks line at 204-340-6769 and leave a message with your name, lot, block, subdivision, and ask to be added to the permanent residents list. You will then be called back to register. Water levels improvement are being seen in all areas south of the Winnipeg River. Falcon, West Hawk, Star, Caddy, Brereton, White, and Jessica Lakes are reporting a decrease today. One log was also inserted into the West Hawk Dam on May 26 to slow the downstream flow, this change will take a few days to positively impact Jessica and White Lake. Manitoba Parks staff are working in conjunction with staff from the department of Manitoba, Transportation and Infrastructure to monitor lake levels and adjust control structures where possible. This includes monitoring structures for blockages. Crescent Beach seawall at West Hawk is barricaded and closed. Pay attention to signage, and barricades. The travel lane has been moved away from the wall and is narrow in spots, please travel slowly. Cottages in the Crescent Beach, High Rock, McKenzie Beach, and Hunt Lake subdivisions should be aware of the potential for a re-route in the event of further damage to the seawall. 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. PR 307 from the west park entrance to the PR307/309 junction, and PR 312 near Caddy Lake is closed to all traffic. PR 309 near Meditation Lake is restricted to local traffic only. We encourage everyone to check manitoba511.ca before travelling. You can call 511 anywhere in Manitoba to get updates by phone. Water is present on several block roads throughout the park. White Lake Block 4 is closed to vehicle use. The following block roads should not be crossed in a smaller vehicle until the water recedes: High Rock Road at West Hawk, and Jessica Lake Block 5-6-7-8. Caution should be used when travelling through flooded areas. The following boat launches are closed in addition to those in the park closure area: 8 Foot Falls, Big Creek, White Lake, Jessica Lake, South Shore Big Whiteshell, and Toniata. West Hawk and Falcon Beach Campground Boat launches have been re-opened. Public can expect open launches to be without docks, high water is preventing repair and placement of docks throughout the park. Please use caution and courtesy when boating. All boat traffic should be cautious of debris and items submerged below the surface. Please be advised that you cannot visit the closed area of the park by boat. Access is not allowed to your cottage or recreational areas via the Winnipeg River. No landing in the closed area is allowed. Extreme caution should be used with travelling the upstream portion of the Winnipeg River (Pointe du Bois to Lamprey Falls). To minimize potential erosion caused by boat wakes, recreational motor boat restrictions are in place. Recreational motor boat traffic is prohibited from operating within 100 metres of the shoreline on: West Hawk, Falcon, Caddy, Star, Brereton, Jessica, White, Big Whiteshell, Betula, Nutimik, Dorothy, Margaret, Eleanor Lakes, and the shoreline adjacent to the Pointe du Bois subdivision in Whiteshell Provincial Park. When exiting or approaching the shoreline, boats should move directly out from land and avoid creating a wake. The following hiking trails are closed in addition to those in the park closure area: the Marsh Trail (between Falcon Lake Marina and Beach Campground), TransCanada Trail at Penniac Bay, and Hunt Lake. All backcountry campsites in Whiteshell Provincial park are closed due to flooding, high water conditions and frequently changing portage conditions. Campers should check the Manitoba Parks homepage for the status of campgrounds prior to coming to the park. Several campgrounds have full or partial closures. All campground in the closure area will remain closed until this portion of the park reopens (Dorothy Lake, Opapiskaw, Nutimik Lake, and Otter Falls). In addition, White Lake Campground is closed (seasonal and nightly) and nightly camping is closed in Big Whiteshell Campground. Phone Numbers/ Websites:• Parks info line for water, flood and closures: 204-340-6769 between 8am and 6pm daily. • To report an emergency please contact the RCMP via 911 if located in the South Whiteshell, 204-348-7177 in the North Whiteshell, and 204-345-8685 in Pointe du Bois. • Camping Information 1-888-482-2267 for the Parks Reservation Service. • Environment, Climate and Parks General inquiry line 1-800-214-6497. • Highway conditions: Manitoba511.ca • Manitoba Parks: manitobapark.com for a list of other closures.• Manitoba Hydro Water Flow New Release: www.hydro.mb.ca/articles/2022/05/manitoba_hydro_advises_extreme_caution_on_waterways/• DFA Information: www.gov.mb.ca/emo/dfa/residence.html, dfa@gov.mb.ca or by phone at 204-945-3050. ... See MoreSee Less
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