The local state of emergency has been extended for Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Despite improving conditions on the Winnipeg River and many lakes and streams, the province says unusually high water levels continue to cause potentially hazardous conditions in some areas of the park, posing a significant risk to public safety.
The current order is set to expire on June 19th. The new order will expire on July 18th.
As part of this renewed order, Manitoba Parks is continuing the evacuation order of Whiteshell Provincial Park's Betula Lake area, including all cottage subdivisions, commercial area, group use, day use, recreational and picnic areas, playgrounds, trails and beaches. The timeline for reopening Provincial Road (PR) 307 in this area is uncertain and remains dependent on the level of flood waters.
The Winnipeg River continues to cause significant overland flooding. The Winnipeg River may take several weeks to fully recede to normal summer levels, depending on weather conditions. Manitoba Parks is working in conjunction with Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure on this first phase of a safe reopening plan as water levels recede and conditions become safer for travel.
Watercraft users are reminded restrictions remain in place on lakes in Whiteshell Provincial Park to limit erosion and property damage from boat wakes along flooded shorelines.
Campsite reservation holders and seasonal campers will be contacted and their fees refunded if their campsite is affected by a closure. Campers should not pre-emptively cancel reservations before being notified of a site closure, otherwise, cancellation policies will apply.
Manitobans travelling to any provincial parks are reminded to carefully check and monitor conditions before visiting. Park visitors are reminded to obey road and trail closures and not attempt to drive through flooded areas or across damaged bridges.