Steady drop in water levels a welcome change in Minden
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | May 16, 2017
The Gull River watershed dropped about six inches in the span of four days between May 11 and 14. And, as of Monday, all of the water levels in watersheds that form the Trent-Severn Waterway were on the decline, according to Brent Devolin, reeve of Minden Hills and Warden of Haliburton County.
Although the forecast is calling for rain on Thursday and Sunday, Devolin remains optimistic that it won’t have the same effect that heavy downpours earlier in the month did.
“It may slow down the rate that it’s falling daily,” he said, referring to what the rain could do to water levels.
“At this point, we don’t have any information that we’re afraid of an upwards bounce.”
While the water has gone down, a flood warning remains in effect. The state of emergency, which was declared May 6, also hasn’t been lifted.
During the flood of 2013, the township was in a state of emergency until June. At this point it’s too soon to tell when it will be lifted, said Devolin.
The Gull River and the reservoir lakes will remain at high levels for the next week or two, according to a press release issued on Monday. Water may fluctuate on certain lakes and rivers depending on the amount of rainfall.
The Burnt River watershed continues to recede. But the public is encouraged to avoid areas with fast flowing and high water levels.
While the recent news is positive, residents will be turning their attention to dealing with the aftermath.
“The recovery and the waters abating is a much longer process than the ramping up. Those of us living with this saw the waters rise for 14 days,” said Devolin, adding that many residents will be dealing with this into next month.
“We’re very, very happy. But there’s a lot to do and a lot to assess as the waters go down.”
For the most up-to-date information on water levels, visit mindenhills.ca.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.