The Township of Minden Hills is declaring a state of emergency because of flooding. Township officials say the Gull River Watershed is very vulnerable because of an inflow of water. The water levels are rising and are going to stay high because of this weekend’s heavy rain.

Township officials also say the Burnt River Watershed has high water flows which are still increasing, and recommends extreme caution.

Declaring a state of emergency means the township can get financial help from the provincial and federal governments.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit website has a lot of information about flood safety when it comes to wells, septic tanks, and how to clean up after a flood.

Sandbag operations will continue on Sunday at the S.G. Nesbitt Community Centre in Minden, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. There will be a limited number of prepared bags ready.

Self-serve sandbags are also available at:

  • Roads Department Yard #3, located at 4564 County Road 121 (Kinmount location), in the Sand Dome to the left of the entrance.
  • Furnace Falls Park entrance, located on County Road 503

The Minden Riverwalk and Boardwalk are both under water and closed. There are also a number of road closures in town. Those details are below.

The county is still under a rainfall warning, and Environment Canada says the area could also get around 2cm of snow Saturday night and tomorrow.

Road closures in Minden Hills