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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

May 20, 2022

STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN WHITESHELL PROVINCIAL PARK



Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks has declared a state of local emergency in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Rapidly rising water levels are causing deteriorating and dangerous conditions, posing a significant risk to public safety.

Manitobans should not travel into the Whiteshell Provincial Park area. Many highways are flooded, making travel conditions treacherous.

Manitoba Parks has ordered the evacuation 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.

Residents in areas near Betula Lake should be prepared to evacuate due to rapidly rising water levels.

Manitoba Parks staff is working closely with the Manitoba Conservation Officer Service and Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure, including the Emergency Measures Organization, to ensure the safety of the public.

Manitobans travelling to other 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.

All park visitors should check www.manitoba511.ca for road closures and potential detours before travelling to parks.

All previously announced closures and advisories remain in effect. Details are available at www.manitobaparks.com

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED




Backgrounder
Betula_Lake_Closure_Map_05_20_22.pdf - https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2022/05/Betula_Lake_Closure_Map_05_20_22.pdf