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Minden Hills to ask for disaster designation

Resident Ben Piels walks past a sandbagged home on Bobcaygeon Rd. in Minden, Ont., on Monday, April 22, 2013. A state of emergency was declared Saturday for this central Ontario town following rapid snow melting and heavy rain. Many residents were evacuated from their homes over the weekend. Officials expect the waters to crest within 24 hours and allow residents back to clean up.
Resident Ben Piels walks past a sandbagged home on Bobcaygeon Rd. in Minden, Ont., on Monday, April 22, 2013. A state of emergency was declared Saturday for this central Ontario town following rapid snow melting and heavy rain. Many residents were evacuated from their homes over the weekend. Officials expect the waters to crest within 24 hours and allow residents back to clean up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Redman

MINDEN, Ont. – Minden Hills will be asking the province to declare the township north of Peterborough, Ont., a disaster area.

Emergency management co-ordinator Nancy Wright-Laking says a special council meeting will be held Thursday to pass a resolution that will go to Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey.

Jeffrey’s spokesman says the preliminary damage assessment that accompanies the resolution will help the ministry reply promptly.

Yanni Dagonas adds that staff will work with Minden to refine estimates in the weeks that follow, so he suggests there would be no need for an extension to disaster relief submissions.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Gull River system that runs through Minden.

Conditions continue to improve but officials are advising caution when travelling on roads that are or have been affected by the flood as they may be unstable.

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