Seasonal Tips and Water Levels
Springtime is typically the time of year when periods of precipitation historically occur. Property owners are reminded to be aware of and monitor their situation, as each can vary depending on: distance from watershed(s), distance from an unaffected accessible road, height of land, property saturation levels, the availability, number, size and type of sump pump, etc.
The public are encouraged to visit the website’s Newsroom for non emergency media releases and information or the Emergency Alerts page in the event of an emergency for the most recent and archived Media Releases. Please subscribe to our website to automatically receive website updates by using the “Subscribe to Alerts” button that can be found in the bottom right hand corner of any website page.
Helpful Information to Assist you During the Spring Thaw
Sandbagging and Dike Construction
In the event of high water levels, with the potential for flooding, the Township will provide sand and sandbags at the following locations (please check the Newsroom page of our website to confirm locations and availability):
• S.G. Nesbitt Community Centre, located at 55 Parkside Street (beside the Quonset hut).
• Roads Department (in the Sand Dome – to the left of the entrance), located at 4564 County Road 121 (Kinmount location).
• Furnace Falls Park Front Turnaround – County Road 503.
This resource is self-serve, please remember a shovel. Residents are also encouraged to think of their neighbours, don’t forget about those around you that may have difficulty with this task.
Private Wells and Septic Systems
Residents with private wells are reminded to contact the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit regarding the safe use and consumption of well water, in the event that their well has been affected by ground water. Information regarding water testing bottles and drop-off locations can also be obtained from the Health Unit by calling 1-866-888-4577 or visiting the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit website.
Residents with private septic systems, which have been affected by flooding, are encouraged to contact the Municipal Building Department by calling 705-286-1260.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility for members of the community as well as the emergency workers who assist. To keep the public aware of potential seasonal risks or disasters in the Minden Hills area, reminders will be advertised and posted regularly by means of media releases through the municipal website, local newspapers and radio. The following suggestions will not prevent a disaster but can assist you in being prepared until emergency procedures are activated:
- Make a Plan
- Build an Emergency Survival Kit that allows you to be self-sufficient for at least 72 Hours.
- Keep an Emergency Contacts list near your phone.
- Check Your Sump Pumps – Ensure the sump pit is clear of debris, that all electrical connections are plugged in correctly and that circuit breakers are operational. Check your maintenance manual for instructions on how to check the float, test the check valve and clean the impeller.
- Hydro – If you are concerned about water in or around your residence, or other buildings, call the Hydro Call Centre at 1-888-664-9376. Disconnected services may impact water removal equipment (i.e. sump pumps); therefore, it may also be necessary to contact your insurance company.
- Keep all items up and off the floor where potential flooding could occur.
- Stay Informed – Subscribe to the municipal website to receive Media Releases, check the local newspapers and/or tune into the local radio stations – Canoe FM at 100.9 or Moose FM at 93.5.
Water Distribution System
The Trent Severn Waterway monitors and controls the water flow through local watersheds, along with the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Township of Minden Hills is part of the Gull and Burnt River Watershed system, shown in green and yellow in the diagram below: