Rising water levels at Moose Lake have been a growing source of anxiety for residents along the shoreline and the MD of Bonnyville has announced further plans to assist with the matter.
Council and staff are working with Alberta Environment to host a public meeting to present the options residents have available to them. The MD and Director of Emergency Management are conducting lakeshore assessments as well. The Agriculture & Waste Department has been monitoring the Moose Lake weir for the past six weeks, and continues to do so.
“There are currently no beaver dams obstructing the weir’s flow,” says Ag & Waste Department Director, Matt Janz. “All of the beaver dams located north of the weir do not have an impact on the outflow.”
The MD has been handing out empty sandbags to residents for the past month, and will continue to do so. Sand bags can currently be picked up at the Public Works Office as well, located at 61330 Range Road 455 and the Main Office at 4905 – 50 Ave. in Bonnyville. Bags will be released to lakeshore residents in 100-bag intervals per household. The Planning & Development Department and the Transportation & Utilities departments have announced a list of locations where sand can be picked up as of tomorrow:
•West end of Vezeau Beach
•Turcotte Subdivision, Municipal Reserve (MR) lot on the north side
•Nicholson Subdivision bin site
•North Shore Heights bin site
•Fontaine Subdivision bin site
The Summer Village of Pelican Narrows lakeshore residents will be able to pick up sandbags at the Pelican Narrows Community Hall. In order to pick up sandbags, please contact Paddy Lapointe at 780-826-5907, 780-573-5129 or 780-826-2804.
Pelican Narrows residents can fill their sandbags at the playground beside the Pelican Narrows Community Hall.
The MD is currently working with the Summer Village of Bonnyville Beach for a similar program.
The MD says they will continue to provide updates online has the situation evolves.