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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Flood update - Flood Victim Meeting - Donations Welcome!

Pigeon Lake Alert Continues - Gull River Not Stabilized!

City of Kawartha Lakes Emergency Control Group elected to maintain the state of emergency April 26 as the water levels on the Gull River system had not yet stabilized. However, many parts of the City are moving into flood recovery mode.

Concerns remain over the Gull River watershed and an MNR Flood Warning remains in effect. The Kawartha Region Conservation Authority Flood Warning is also in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes. Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property and be prepared to evacuate should the water levels continue to rise. Sandbags remain available at the Bobcaygeon, Emily and Coboconk depots

Kawartha Lakes Flood Recovery Process Begins

Coboconk Flood Victim Open House Sunday

image City of Kawartha Lakes LogoThe reception centre located at the Coboconk Legion is now closed. A flood victim Open House will be held April 28 from 2 – 3:30pm at the Coboconk Lions Hall at 9 Grandy Road,Coboconk to provide information and updates to residents and members of the public who have been directly affected by the recent floods. City and agency representatives will be available to answer questions including: Mayor and Councillors, Health and Social Services, Fire and Paramedic Services, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, OPP, Red Cross and Kawartha Conservation. Information for residents is also available in person or by phone at the Coboconk Service Centre at 9 Grandy Road, in Coboconk, 705-454-3322 Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Those requiring assistance outside of those hours are asked to call the  after-hours municipal emergency service provider at 1-877-885-7337. If you feel in immediate danger at any time please call 911.

Health Unit Providing Flood Clean Up Health Tips

Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit has staff available at the Coboconk Service Centre over the weekend to respond to questions and provide information on: cleaning/disinfection of flooded wells; returning flooded septic systems to service; general cleaning; mould; items that can and can't be salvaged; and food safety in an emergency.

Many Flooded Roads Reopened

The Burnt River flooding situation has moved into the recovery phase. Many roads were reopened. Roads in the Black River area will likely remain closed until Monday to allow them to dry out. An up-to-date list of road closures is available on the city's website at Seasonal residents are encouraged to check the list of road closures to ensure their property is accessible. Please use extreme caution when in the flood affected areas.

Canadian Red Cross Volunteers Beginning Door to Door Assistance

Canadian Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door to homes in the Burnt River and Black River areas this weekend ensuring those affected by flooding are safe and well, and have supplies to begin the process of cleaning their homes. Red Cross volunteers are highly trained and can easily be identified by their Red Cross vests. 

Disastor Relief Fund

 The municipality has established a committee to prepare an application to the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program for provincial funding. The city will be making a request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to declare a disaster area as the first step in this process. While it is hoped some funding may be received from the province to help with infrastructure repairs, any possible relief for individuals, depends upon local fundraising. The City of Kawartha Lakes set up a trust fund to help facilitate private donations for disaster relief as we have received requests from concerned citizens wanting to contribute. Donations will be accepted at all Municipal Service Centres or can be made at the Lindsay Royal Bank, to the Disaster Relief Trust Account. Charitable Donation receipts will be issued for all donations over $10. This account will be turned over to the Disaster Relief Committee once it is established.

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