A few low-lying cottages in and around the Whiteshell may be at risk of flooding.
The lakes in the area are on the rise, thanks to rainfall and late spring run-off. As a result, a high water advisory has been issued.
Daniel Klatz of the Whiteshell Cottagers Association says they’re keeping an eye on levels in an old school fashion.
“State-of-the-art are self-contained telemeted stations that automatically report water levels at a number of important points throughout the Whiteshell. We don’t have those.”
Klatz says they have to rely on locals reporting how high up their docks the water is creeping, and he isn’t worried about the safety of their properties.
“Things are still very much in control and, barring a real weather event, we may get through this year without any significant flooding.”
Alan Roberts is another cottage owner in the Whiteshell, and he confirms that the infrastructure is definitely not up-to-date.
“Most of our infrastructure for water control was constructed in the late 50s and early 60s. Conditions have changed in terms of precipitation levels and some of these facilities have worn out,” Roberts explains. “A few have been maintained and upgraded but some of those, in particular those on Falcon Lake, were constructed of wood at the time and have decayed to a fairly large extent.”
The cottagers say that the equipment needs to be upgraded and they would like some help from the government to do so.
Depending on rainfall amounts the high water advisory could be in place for close to a month.