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Flood Update: 3 Muskoka municipalities under state of emergency

Muskoka | by Ian MacLennan  

More rain this week as floodwaters continue to pose a risk to property.

Muskoka Lakes Township is the third municipality in Muskoka to declare a state of emergency as a result of rising water levels.

Mayor Phil Harding told a news conference on Sunday that the township's primary concern is the safety of residents.

He says people should voluntarily evacuate, adding the fire department doesn't need to get into boats to rescue individuals,  saying those who hold out are being stubborn.

Harding says water from Algonquin Park will ultimately make its way to Bala and out the Moon River, which is already five to seven feet above normal.

Lake Muskoka has gone up at least 12 cm.

The District of Muskoka has also issued a state of emergency,  copying what has been down already in Bracebridege and Huntsville.

In Bracebridge,  about 60 Canadian Armed Forces personnel are assisting with sandbagging and to support evacuation efforts.

Residents are urged to call 211 to update their situation and they are warned that there is no guarantee roads will be fixed quickly.

In Huntsville,  lakes and rivers around the town and Port Sydney area have stabilized,  but don't expect water levels to recede until the water works its way out of the river system over the next week.

Of course, Mother Nature refuses to help out.

A risk of showers today and a soaking rain on tap for Wednesday.

 

https://www.muskokalakes.ca/

https://www.huntsville.ca/en/index.aspx

https://www.bracebridge.ca/en/index.aspx

https://www.muskoka.on.ca/en/index.aspx

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