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South Whiteshell Flooding Update – June 29, 2016

Posted on: June 29, 2016  |  

South Whiteshell Flooding Update – June 29, 2016
2 sandbagging machines arrived in the south Whiteshell on June 28, 2016. One is located at the Caddy lake boat launch and the second is located at the West Hawk yard.

Sandbags are being made by Sustainable Development staff and available for pickup by anyone requiring them at the Caddy Lake boat launch, West Hawk Maintenance Yard and a third location will be set up at Falcon Lake, at the Winter Storage area by the evening of Thursday, June 30, 2016.

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 contacting volunteers.

Staff continue to work on repairing roads with priorities being to provide access to cottages and home owners.

Currently Sustainable Development (SD) has 54 staff along with 3 Initial Attack crews, 6 contractors and over 20 pieces of heavy equipment working to make minor repairs to all roads within the south Whiteshell.

Highway #312 from the junction of Highway #44 to the Ontario border remains closed with approximately 32” of water on the road.

Falcon Lake South Shore Road is open with reduced speed; motorists should be advised that approximately 3” of water remain on the road.

Highway 44 between Rennie and Caddy Lake Resort remains closed due to flooding

Highway #307 in the North Whiteshell is washed out near CP rail tracks between Brereton Lake and Rennie, park visitors wishing to access campgrounds or park facilities in the North Whiteshell must use the park entrance at Seven Sister’s. Note this detour may add 1.5 hours to driving time, depending on destination.

Water levels on Brereton Lake in the North Whiteshell have increased approximately 2” in the last 24 hours.

SD continues to work with Manitoba Infrastructure (MI) to monitor the lake levels and control structures.

Due to high water on lakes in the south Whiteshell and especially Caddy Lake and concerns of potential damage to structures and shorelines by boat wakes the following restrictions have been put in place regarding boat traffic:
Caddy lake boat 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, West Hawk & Falcon Lake.
Be advised there is the potential of floating debris and caution is advised if boating on any of these lakes.

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
Falcon Creek 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).
Travel is also not advised along the South Whiteshell Trans-Canada Trail – until its condition has been assessed

Currently all campgrounds within the Whiteshell remain open.

Beaches in the south Whiteshell are flooded but remain accessible.

Faloma and Toniata boat launches are closed due to the high water levels.
If you have any further questions or require additional information please contact the Falcon District Office between 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM at 1-204-349-2201.

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Hello WCA, Here are the new items for today. It’s a short update for today.- TransCanada Trail at Penniac Bay has reopened with wet spots existing on trail.Whiteshell Provincial Park: May 28, 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.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. 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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) and Hunt Lake. TransCanada Trail at Penniac Bay has reopened with wet spots existing on trail. 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