Cottage Owners' Association and Lake Plan

OPP - Water Safety - High Waters

 

FROM/DE: HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS OPP 

DATE: FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017

 FLOODING/ CAUTION AROUND LAKES, RIVERS, STREAMS, AND IN SOME CASES STREETS

(MINDEN, ON) – Water levels in the area have begun to recede but remain high in areas witrhin Haliburton County.

 Cottagers and residents alike are advised that rivers, lakes and streams are handling extremely high water levels and as such currents are fast and conditions can change in an instant. If you are travelling by boat to gain access to your residence or cottage be aware that the mandatory safety equipment is still required. The unpredictable conditions could result in overturning of small vessels and strong currents can affect larger vessels too.

 The following equipment is mandatory on every vessel:

  Personal Flotation Devices for each and every person in or aboard a vessel (these should be worn at all times) prior to putting boat in the water. If your flotation devices are gas charged they must be worn.

 Also required is a bailing bucket, floating rope, working/floating flashlight, whistle, paddles and a fire extinguisher on any vessel where fuel is pumped into the vessel body.

 REMINDER:

Operators of vessels are required to be a qualified operator. Travel in pairs at a minimum, and avoid being on the water when dark.

 There may also be objects floating on or just below the water surface and difficult to see, extra caution needs to be exercised.         

The Haliburton Highlands OPP would like to remind residents, cottagers and visitors to be very cautious in and around fast moving waters, be aware that conditions in and around rivers and streams can change rapidly. Keep children and pets away from fast moving water and flooded areas.

 If necessary to travel through a flooded area please reduce your speed through these areas to reduce water being forced into residential properties.

 Check for updates to the changing conditions www.ontario.ca/flooding and check Environment Canada Weather conditions at http://weather.gc.ca/

 For a listing of local road closures please go to the Minden Hills website at: www.mindenhills.ca

 Contact: Provincial Constable Tim Negus 

Phone: 705-286-1431 ext. 3655                                                                                                  

 

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