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Whiteshell Flooding Update – October 25, 2019

Posted on: October 25, 2019  |  

Lake levels are gradually decreasing in the south Whiteshell and Manitoba Infrastructure has advised that Caddy Lake levels have dropped to the point where the water is off of PR 312 and a log has been pulled at the West Hawk Dam this morning.  They will pull one log and evaluate how the lakes respond after that with the thought of pulling another log soon after. The plan is to try to maximize the outflow out of both lakes for the next couple weeks before the weather gets colder and Caddy gets close to freeze-up. Once the forecast shows the potential for freeze-up they will slow the outflow and let Caddy drop so it does not freeze up at too high of a level.  After that the hope will be that the lakes can continue to drain under the ice throughout the winter to get down to a more manageable level in the spring. Continued monitoring of lake levels will be done with a high priority when the lakes freeze to ensure that issues are minimized.

Caution is still advised as the high water levels may impact infrastructure located within the flood waters.  The 7 public accessible areas where empty sandbags and sand are located remain at the following locations:

  • South Whiteshell – Caddy Lake Boat Launch area, Green Bay Road behind the garbage cage, West Hawk Lake Maintenance Yard & Falcon Lake Maintenance Yard
  • North Whiteshell – Brereton Lake area – across from Brereton Lake Resort , Nutimik Lake – Block 1 boat launch & Dorothy Lake Trout Pond

The following trails remain closed as of October 25, 2019: Bear Lake Hiking Trail, Mantario Trail (South Trailhead to Caribou Lake), Whiteshell River Hiking Trail, and McGillivray Falls Hiking Trail remains closed.  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 tunnels).

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