Gull River may crest within the next 24 hours
By Chad Ingram
Published May 10, 2017
Minden Hills Reeve and Haliburton County Warden Brent Devolin says he's hopeful the Gull River through Minden may crest within the next day or so.
“Potentially, within the next 24 hours, we could see this crested,” said Devolin at press conference outside the Minden Hills township office at noon on Wednesday, May 10. “We're still not out of the woods. I'm not as despondent as I might have been 10 or 12 hours ago.”
Just off conference call with reps from the TSW and MRNF, Devolin said that Twelve Mile Lake, part of the TSW feeder system north of Minden, was expected to crest Wednesday.
“We may dodge the '13 levels, and I'm
relatively optimistic,” Devolin said, referring to the water levels
of the devastating 2013 flood.
Water levels on the Gull River were up another five centimetres overnight, but there were sunny skies in Minden on Wednesday.
In addition to numerous streets already closed in the village, Devolin said the township would close Bobcaygeon Road in Minden's downtown at 6 p.m. Thursday evening, in attempt to keep onlookers and their vehicles out of the village's core.
“There's a lot of curious and interested people so there'll be some more definite traffic management with OPP and others for the weekend,” he said.
The Minden Food Bank is set up and the Minden Hills Community Centre providing meals for volunteers and those affected by the flood. The Red Cross is also set up and anyone wishing to make a financial contribution to help those in need of immediate assistance, can make that donation to the Red Cross.
“Contributions to the Red Cross will come to our community,” Devolin said.
The provincial government changed Ontario's disaster relief assistance legislation last year. New programming means the community will not have to do fundraising, as was required under the previous provincial program during the 2013 flood.
MPP Laurie Scott has been been pressuring the government to send a disaster assessment team to Minden as soon as possible.
“From the [municipal affairs] minister's point of view, it has to crest,” Devolin said regarding a visit from the assessment team.
Minden Hills remains in state of emergency and a flood warning from the MNRF remains in effect.