Manitoba Parks has provided the following update today:
Water levels remain high throughout Whiteshell Provincial Park and are continuing to rise. Water levels are higher than normal at Falcon, Caddy, West Hawk, Brereton, Jessica, Big Whiteshell, White, and Betula Lakes. With rising water and ice there is potential for damage to infrastructure on the water.
PR 307 between Betula Lake and White Lake has been closed by Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure. Water is present on the road near Inverness Falls Resort at Brereton Lake.
Water levels are expected to continue to rise on the Winnipeg River due to Lake of the Woods removing logs at their control structure in Kenora. Cottagers from Otter Falls to Nutimik should be advised of increasing water levels. Due to the natural restriction of water flow along the river system water may fluctuate quickly in these areas with increased flows.
Water continues to rise on PR 312 near Caddy Lake this morning water was 8-10” deep across the road. Smaller vehicles will not be able to pass and only larger vehicles should attempt.
Star Lake Road 123 washout has been repaired.
The following hiking trails are now closed: Alfred Hole, Whiteshell River and Falcon Creek.
We encourage everyone to check manitoba511.ca before travelling (you can also call 511 anywhere in Manitoba to get updates by phone). Highways may be closed if water continues to rise.
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 depending on how much rain is received. Sandbags for filling and sand are being made available for cottage owners to protect cottages or weigh down docks on a proactive basis at the Betula Ball Diamond, the parking lot across from Brereton Lake Resort, West Hawk maintenance yard and the causeway at Falcon Lake.
If cottagers have any questions, concerns or urgent matters please contact Manitoba Parks at 204-340-6769. To report an emergency please contact 911 if located in the South Whiteshell and if in the North Whiteshell contact the Whitemouth RCMP detachment at 204-348-7177.