Flood update from Haliburton County 0
Vehicles pass over the Gull River bridge with water just underneath, as seen on Sunday, April 21. A state of emergency has been declared. People in affected areas (Anson Street, Orde Street, Invergordon Avenue and Prince Street) are encouraged to get to higher ground. DARREN LUM/MINDEN TIMES/QMI AGENCY
The Township of Minden Hills declared a State of Emergency on Saturday April 20th, 2013, This is still in effect at the time of this media release.
Residents are strongly urged to refrain from entering into the downtown areas of Minden Hills that are affected by the flooding water as the road conditions are constantly changing and extreme caution is required. Please check the County of Haliburton website at www.haliburtoncounty.ca for the latest information. Roads that are not navigable are barricaded and posted “Road Closed Danger Due To Flooding”. We ask everyone to please respect these signs and to avoid these areas.
The following roads are closed:
Prince Street, partially
St. Germaine Street
Shuyler’s Island Road
Mark Twain Road
Spring Valley Road
Due to increasing water levels, the Township of Minden Hills and County of Haliburton are working with the Trent Severn Waterway and the Ministry of Natural Resources to facilitate water flows. The water from the Gull River is continuing to rise and the Township of Minden Hills is recommending that all residents evacuate the inland areas such as Anson Street, Orde Street, Invergordon Avenue, Prince and Water Street.
The Information Reception Centre at the S.G Nesbitt Community Centre is available for people in need and is open until 8:00 pm tonight. The Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and The Minden Hills Fire Department are strongly advising people to self-evacuate immediately. If possible, please make arrangements with family and friends for accommodation.
The Irondale River and Burnt River water levels are receding.
If you feel in immediate danger at any time please call 911.
Anyone needing assistance with evacuation should contact the municipality or The
Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police at the following
Township of Minden Hills: During Regular Business Hours (8:30 - 4:30 pm) 705-286-1260
After Hours 1-866-856-3247
Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the OPP:
Constable Paul Potter 705-455-2626 or email@example.com
Acting Detachment Commander
Mike Tennent: firstname.lastname@example.org
People are advised to stay away from the Gull River and Irondale River and all flooded
areas. Extreme precautions should be taken around all lakes and rivers and flooded
Volunteering – We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the generous
outpouring of offers to help and assist during this time. The situation is currently being
very well monitored by staff and the greatest form of assistance right now is to please
stay off of the flooded roadways.
Bus and School Closures –The elementary school bus routes for Minden Hills will not
be running on Tuesday April 23, 2013. Archie Stouffer Elementary School will remain
closed for Tuesday April 23, 2013. This is a coordinated effort by the municipality, the
Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the OPP and the Board of Education . Please visit
www.tldsb.ca for more information.
Water – We are asking anyone on the Minden Hills Water System to please conserve
and monitor your water usage. Please note that the water quality in the system is safe
to drink. If you are on a private water system and have concerns, please contact the
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ride Health Unit at 705-457-1391 for information