With warming spring temperatures combined with winter snowpack, high water levels in lakes and rivers are possible. As with previous years, Town staff are actively monitoring water levels daily. Staff read water level gauges at Black River, Severn River Road, South Kahshe Lake, and Lake Muskoka. Officials would like to remind the public that Mother Nature is in firm control. Local high water is most often a result of heavy precipitation combined with the winter snowpack
The Town has established five locations where sand and fillable sandbags are available to residents that may be affected by high water. Those locations include Cowbell Lane (at the end of the lane), Severn River Road East (at the cul-de-sac at Hwy 11), Sunshine Court, Muskoka Bay Park, and the Municipal Public Works Yard located at 1054 Crawford Road. Sandbags will be available on Friday, March 25th at these locations. The provision of sandbags is intended for residential use only.
Officials are asking residents and visitors to be extremely diligent when venturing out near waterways, as well as travelling along roads. Conditions can change quickly, sometimes in a matter of a few hours.