MNRF Issues Watershed Conditions Statement

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect for the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.
High water levels and flow conditions are expected throughout the area following precipitation from a Colorado low moving through the area dropping up to 20mm of rain on Boxing Day. Residents are reminded to keep a close watch on conditions and regularly check for updated messages.
With cooler temperatures, banks and shorelines adjacent to water bodies are extremely slippery and unstable. Residents and visitors should exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.
Travelling on the newly formed ice should be avoided.
MNRF also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts and may be impassible due to current water levels.
MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

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