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It's been a busy spring for Bracebridge Generation Ltd. (BGL) with many of our dams and generating stations encountering high or record flows and levels. This update is intended to provide an overview of the status of our operations and considerations for safety. Please stay clear of dams and generating stations as flows remain high.

Seguin River (Cascade Street GS, CPR Trestle Dam, Frys Lake Dam, Grey Owl Dam, Haines Lake Dam, Horn Lake Dam, Hurdville Dam, Martin Lake Dam, Mill Lake Dam, Whitefish Lake Dam). The Seguin River peaked at 179 cms on April 22nd and began to quickly recede. The Seguin system had considerably less snow than other neighboring watersheds. Crews have been installing logs and closing gates in the Seguin to maintain levels at a desired early spring level for ecological processes. The south section of the Hurdville safety boom has broken, crews have removed it from the spillway and will reinstate the boom prior to navigation season once flows recede and it is safe to do so.

North Branch Muskoka River (High Falls GS, Wilsons Falls GS, Birds Mill Dam, Bracebridge Falls GS). The Town of Bracebridge declared a state of emergency and BGL has worked closely with the Emergency Control Group regarding updates on flows, levels and asset condition. BGL recorded peak flows through our facilities at 298 cubic meters per second (cms) which far exceeds any know previous peak flows. All four of our generating stations and dam locations remain fully operational. The High Falls GS and Wilsons Falls Main Dam upstream safety booms have broken, and crews will reinstate the boom prior to navigation season once flows recede and its safe to do so. There is lots of debris and erosion in the area of our facilities that we will begin working on once it becomes prioritized. The lighting system on the Bracebridge Falls Dam has been damaged by debris and it will also be prioritized and repaired. Flows are levels are receding as MNRF are reducing upstream flows.

Magnetawan River (Burks Falls GS). Burks Falls Dam flows peaked at 199 cms this spring which is a very high flow. Under these conditions, the dam is only able to affect the level a short upstream area from the dam. The spillways were operated to the full potential to maintain appropriate levels upstream of the dam and keep the structure safe. Burks Falls GS remains fully operational.

Irondale and Gull River (Haliburton GS, Irondale GS, Elliott Falls GS).  BGL crews regularly attended site to clear trash racks and maintain turbine flow to assist in passing flows past the facilities. There were no issues encountered at these locations and flows and levels remain high as they move through the system.

York River (Bancroft GS). Flows in the York River were high and peaked at 133 cms. BGL crews regularly attended site to clear debris from spillways, clean trash racks and maintain turbine flow to assist in passing flows past the facilities. The Town has logged in to their eastern spillway as MNRF cut upstream flows. The safety boom has broken, crews will work to reinstate the boom prior to navigation season once flows recede and it is safe to do so.

For more information please contact: Bracebridge Generation Ltd. by calling 1-844-227-6236.

 

 
May 03, 2019