State of emergency ends in Minden Hills
By Chad Ingram
A flood-related state of emergency that was declared by the Township of Minden Hills on April 24 was lifted by the township on the afternoon of Monday, May 6, and a flood warning for the MNRF’s Bancroft District, which includes the Gull, Irondale and Burnt river watersheds has ended.
At press time, water levels remained high and residents were encouraged to remain vigilant.
“The widespread and significant threat to safety of persons and property from the recent flooding of the Gull River and Burnt River watersheds have stabilized, yet due to anticipated weather events forecasting additional rainfall, the township will not be initiating recovery operations until water levels significantly decline,” a May 6 release from the township reads. “Water levels are expected to stay high for the foreseeable future, and the ground continues to be saturated. The TSW continues to manage water flows throughout the systems, therefore it is strongly recommended that property owners who have a historical susceptibility to flooding, continue to monitor their situation accordingly.”
A number of roads in the township have been closed to all but local traffic during the past few weeks, and some washouts have occurred. In the village of Minden, many residents sandbagged their properties, as the Gull River overtook the Minden Riverwalk and crept onto portions of roadways, including Invergordon Avenue and Anson Street.
Flood clean-up kits are available from the township, and those requiring one should call 705-286-1260, ext. 211, or after hours, 1-866-856-3247.