As a result of continuing rising water levels, Mayor Graydon Smith has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act, and the Town of Bracebridge has activated its Emergency Plan. The Town’s Emergency Control Group (ECG) is monitoring the situation closely.
The Town of Bracebridge has been advised by the Ministry of Natural Resources of rising water levels on lakes and rivers. In addition, localized flooding is being experienced in low-lying areas.
Rain forecasted for Bracebridge and surrounding area may have an impact on the extent of flooding. Residents are instructed to take measures to mitigate the effects of flooding on their property and monitor all information from the Town.
There have been a number of roads flooded and washed out and Public Works is responding to these issues on year-round roads. As a result of the number and severity of these washouts, it will take time to re-open some roads. Motorists are advised to heed road closed signs as roadways may be washed out but not visible to the driver.
Property owners in adjacent low-lying areas are advised to take precautionary measures to protect persons and property as water levels continue rise. Please ensure docks and waterfront structures are securely affixed to shore or removed, if safe to do so.
Please alert any children under your care to these dangers and supervise their activities.
Updates on lakes and rivers are provided below:
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY (MNRF)
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion of the County of Haliburton. For more information, please click on the link: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Flood Warning
For inquiries to the MNRF, the public can contact the Water Management Department voice mailbox at 705-646-5531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Works Department continues to monitor road conditions for flooding and is making repairs where necessary. For more information, please click on the link: Road Status Update
To assist residents in the protection of their property, the Town of Bracebridge is making sand bags available free of charge for Bracebridge properties affected by flooding, at the Fowler Construction – Scale House located at 1206 Rosewarne Drive, Bracebridge, Ontario. Sandbags are available 7 days a week.
Residents of Bracebridge should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams.