As water levels throughout Gravenhurst continue to recede, attention is turning to recovery. Areas that were flooded can expose a variety of dangerous debris. “Caution should be used when handling any foreign debris from these areas, as items may be contaminated if they’ve been in contact with flood water,” said Todd Clapp, deputy fire chief and community emergency management coordinator. “Additionally used sand bags may also be contaminated and should be disposed of,” Clapp added.
Residents that are looking to dispose of used sandbags can drop them off at the Beiers Road transfer station free of charge.
On Tuesday May 14, Transport Canada issued a new Interim Order announcing that Lake Muskoka is no longer part of the vessel restriction due to improved conditions. However, all vessel operators are asked to be cautious on the waters, including watching for debris and adjusting vessel speeds to limit wake. “With the vessel restriction lifted on Lake Muskoka, boat launches are available for use,” said Andrew Stacey, director of infrastructure services. “Residents and visitors are reminded that all parks adjacent to Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst will remain closed until water levels further recede.”
Residents affected by flooding that are in need of a building inspection are encouraged to contact the Town Office at 705-687-3412. Building Officials will work with property owners to assist and possibly expedite permits in order to quickly and safely remedy the damaged structures.
The Town has been in contact with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program. For more information on the program please visit:
Residents are reminded of the following:
• The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has issued a Drinking Water Advisory and are advising residents with wells in flood impacted areas to use an alternate water supply for drinking, gargling, brushing teeth or rinsing their mouth; making baby food/formula; washing dishes, fruit, or vegetables or making any meals, drinks or ice. Those in impacted areas should ensure water is tested before assuming it is safe for consumption.
• Sandbags from flooded areas have been in contact with unsafe water. Both the bags and the sand may contain harmful bacteria. They could be contaminated by oil-based or fuel products, hazardous chemicals, salt, sewage or septic waste. These contaminants can be harmful to the environment and human health. Wear appropriate protection such as gloves and eye wear to reduce your risk of exposure to bacteria, chemicals or other hazards that could be present on or in used sandbags.