Crews with the City of Kenora will be working to protect Anderson Branch Road residents as best they can, to help prevent further road closures and washouts with the severe flooding in the area.

The City of Kenora says contractors will be working to raise the Anderson Branch Road surface ahead of rising water levels, just west of the Carlton Road intersection. Work has started this afternoon and will continue at the north side of Alcock Lake on Carlton Road tomorrow.

Local access for residents will be maintained, but delays can be expected. The city adds crews will continue to work to address concerns along Anderson and Carlton roads over the coming days.

''Photo courtesy of the City of Kenora.

This comes as Kenora’s flood watch continues for Carlton Road, Anderson Branch Road and Peterson Road, with an Evacuation Order for all residents north of the Kenora by-pass. East Melick Road at Essex Road was closed down over the weekend as water levels continue to rise to unprecedented levels for the area.

The Kenora Recreation Centre continues to serve as an Evacuation Site for the time being.

The city’s Director of Corporate Services, Heather Pihulak, says cots are available with blankets and pillows, and washrooms and showers are available for displaced residents. You will need to register at the front desk and provide proof of residency. To date, no one has used the available services.

The Mount Evergreen Ski Hill is also willing to host campers and as a place to store large items.

Sandbags for city residents are available at Fire Station 1, and non-residents can find sandbags at the Robertson Street office of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. Pihulak notes sandbags ran out on Thursday, but were restocked by Saturday.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board notes water levels are expected to continue to rise over the next 5 to 7 days on Lake of the Woods, the Winnipeg River and Black Sturgeon.