Posted on: June 29, 2016 | General News
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.