Minden Hills Water Conditions Update Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:00 p.m. Release #17- 62

Water Conditions:

Gull River Watershed

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

Water levels have decreased a further 5 cm since yesterday. While the Gull River has crested and levels continue to decrease, the Gull River Watershed will experience an extended period of high water levels similar to 2013, and continues to remain in a flood warning.

The reservoir lakes and the Gull River will continue to remain at high levels for the next week or two, as water moves from the upper areas of the watershed system. On certain lakes and rivers, water levels may fluctuate depending on local precipitation amounts in the coming days.

Information on water levels in the Trent Severn Waterway, including water level graphics (located at the bottom of the webpage) are provided by Parks Canada on the following link:

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/gestion-eau-water- management/page-niveaux-eau-water-levels

It is highly recommended that property owners, especially those who have a historical susceptibility to flooding, continue to monitor their situation for sandbagging requirements and self-evacuation of family and pets.

In the event of an emergency and you are unable to evacuate yourself from your residence, call 911. Please indicate that the call is not for a medical emergency but for evacuation from your residence. If you have evacuated, you are encouraged to register at the Red Cross Reception Centre, located at the S.G Nesbitt Community Centre, 55 Parkside Street, Minden.

Burnt River Watershed

The Burnt River continues to recede. Caution is still encouraged. 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.

General:

For public safety reasons it is critical that no one other than TSW officials are to perform log adjustments to local dams. This could result in serious implications to the management of the flow of water and balancing of the watershed levels.

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