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Minden Hills declares state of emergency

Photo Courtesy: Marni Pollock Smith

The Township of Minden Hills has declared a state of emergency on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm due to flooding. The Minden Riverwalk and Boardwalk are under water and are closed.

Photo: Richard Bradley Today                                       Yesterday

This is the Gull River also Water Street in Minden on Saturday.

The Gull River Watershed continues to be very vulnerable to the inflow of water.

Water levels will continue to rise and remain high due to continued precipitation and high water levels in the upper lakes and local creeks.

You may see a temporary decrease in levels as water levels and logging operations continue to be monitored, however, levels will rise and remain high for an extended period. The anticipated increase in water levels may potentially reach the levels that were experienced in 2013, depending on continued precipitation and these operations.

Property owners, especially those who have a historical susceptibility to flooding at these levels, are strongly encouraged to make appropriate preparations, including sandbagging and potential self-evacuation for family and pets, where necessary

Water flows in the Burnt River Watershed will continue to increase due to forecasted weather conditions. Extreme caution is urged. The public and residents are to avoid areas with fast flowing and high water levels.

All Property owners are being asked to monitor their situation, as each will vary based on some, or all of the following factors: distance from watershed(s), distance from an unaffected accessible road, height of land, property saturation levels, the availability, number, size and type of sump pump, etc.

The Township will continue to work with Trent Severn Waterway and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry and to communicate all information by means of media broadcasting and media releases to radio stations, local newspapers and our website.

Residents are asked to share this information with their neighbours and other individuals who may not have access to the Township’s website.

Residents are advised that sand and sandbags continue to be available at the following locations:

  •   S.G. Nesbitt Community Centre, located at 55 Parkside Street, Minden.
  •   Roads Department Yard #3, located at 4564 County Road 121 (Kinmount location), in the Sand Dome to the left of the entrance.
  •   Furnace Falls Park entrance, located on County Road 503.Limited quantities of prepared sandbags will be available at the Minden location only. We kindly ask that you consider others and their ability to prepare their own sandbags when accessing this service. It’s self serve so take a shovel.

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