Federal government restricts navigation in flood-ravaged Muskoka

Losses due to flooding continue to mount

Heartbreaking the word being used most as those directly affected by and others looking in on the devastating floods in Muskoka.

Chris Coon posted images of a guest house at his parent’s property in Bracebridge…

Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith was able to find a ray of light…of hope…noting the North Branch of the river was “doing better, levels slowly receding. South Branch flows crested. Lake levels crested.”

Still…

And in Gravenhurst, where the full brunt of the flooding has yet to be felt…

Meantime, Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau has issued an order expanding areas in which navigation is prohibited in areas of flooding in order to protect the safety of people and vessels and to help first responders do their jobs in flooding conditions.

This is to ensure vessel movements do not pose a risk to the safety of individuals or cause damage to the environment, properties and infrastructure.

Navigation by non-emergency vessels is strictly prohibited on the following waterways:

  • Lake Muskoka
  • North Branch Muskoka River
  • South Branch Muskoka River
  • Moon River

Individuals who can only access their property by boat are exempted from the Interim Order and other restrictions for the purpose of going to and from their property. If citizens must use a waterway to access a property, they are urged to navigate at as slow a speed as possible.

banner image via Chris Coon/facebook