April 22, 2013
Gravenhurst Localized Flooding Update
[GRAVENHURST, ON] Town Officials are providing an update on the localized flooding occurring primarily in the southern end of Gravenhurst.
Members of the Town’s Emergency Team met this morning to assess the overall status of the municipality. The direction is to continue with the current operations of observation with proactive action plans.
The Severn has not crested, but the dams and locks east of the municipality have been opened and water is flowing smoothly. The level has risen 5.1 cm (2 in.) overnight and it is presumed that it will rise further overnight as waters start to flow in from the Black River.
The Black River is higher than Sunday resulting in the road closure being extended. MR6/Coopers Falls Rd. is now closed from the village of Coopers Falls to residence #1060.
The marker that is utilized for measuring water levels is inaccessible and by all counts fully submerged. The roadway will remain closed until such time the waters have receded and the roadway has been fully inspected. The current of the Black River is very strong and can scour or undermine the banks that support the roadway.
Barkway Road Area
The water levels in the Barkway Road area have receded enough so the culvert is now conveying the water. The culvert integrity was not disturbed by the water flow only minor damage has been sustained - the top granular surfaces were flushed away. Town roads crews plan to repair and facilitate the opening of the roadway as soon as possible.
Canning Road has been closed at the first bridge due to localized flooding. The residences are accessible from the swing bridge and the neighbouring municipality.
South Kahshe Lake Road (SKLR)
SKLR has localized flooding in the traditional areas. There is no concern with this area at this time.
Staff will continue to monitor the situations and update as required.
For additional information please contact:
Town of Gravenhurst, Public Works Department