The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) issued a flood watch bulletin for the Gull River watershed May 1.

A flood watch means there’s potential for flooding within specific watercourses and municipalities.

Water levels and river flows are expected to rise over the next several days with runoff from recent rainfall.

Residents in areas that are susceptible to flooding should take necessary precautions to protect property and continue to monitor developing conditions.

Residents are advised that sand and sandbags are available for use at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena, at 55 Parkside St. Minden (upper-level parking lot). This resource is self-serve, so remember a shovel.

Residents are encouraged to think of their neighbours, don’t forget about those around you that may have difficulty with this task. Visit the flood information page at for help and resources regarding the proper procedures for the filling and placement of sandbags.

The public is advised to use caution around area lakes, rivers, creeks and other water sources such as ditches, as high-water levels and swift currents can create unstable conditions. Avoid driving on any roadways that are under water, as road conditions may be unstable and dangerous.

The township will continue to communicate in media and on its website.

For municipal emergency contact after hours call: 1-866-865-3247. For emergency services call: 911