There’s still a long way to go, but things are looking up in Bracebridge.
The North Branch of the Muskoka River has started to recede and the South Branch has stabilized. A number of roads remain closed.
Muskoka Lakes reports to residents water levels over the past 24 hours have risen approximately 3-4 cm (1-2 inches) on Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph, and on the Moon River.
Township officials have been notified that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is beginning to reduce flows on the Muskoka Watershed north of Lake Muskoka.
The reduction of flow from Kawagama Lake, Lake of Bays, Huntsville Lakes and Mary Lake will reduce inflows to Lake Muskoka and translate to about a 3 cm per day water level decrease.
Just down in Beaumont/Alport area with @RickMaloneyBB. It’s still just brutal down there. Brutal. Here’s a video of the road into that area, while it is better, it’s still a long way from great. pic.twitter.com/xUTGKRzRWj— Mayor Graydon Smith (@GraydonTheMayor) May 3, 2019
Flood Recovery Loan Program
In order to assist businesses impacted by flooding, Muskoka Futures has launched the program, which will provide up to $25,000 at 0% interest for 2 years for businesses impacted by flooding.
Funds are available to assist businesses with deductibles, inventory, infrastructure, equipment and operating costs, or other costs identified by businesses.
For all program details and applications, click here
Disaster Recovery Assistance
Township officials are working with the Province of Ontario on the program for residents of Muskoka Lakes.
If activated by the province, the Disaster Recovery Program helps cover emergency expenses and costs to repair or replace essential property for individuals (primary residence), small owner-operated businesses and farms, and not-for-profit organizations.
Residents are encouraged to contact your insurance provider to determine level of coverage.
It’s best practice to photograph all damage throughout the emergency, and record/keep all receipts related to damage and clean up.
Much work to be done when people start returning to their homes. Health Canada worried about mould – the most common indoor air contaminant in Canada. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritations, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Anything that was exposed to water – cushions, carpet, drywall, mattresses, box springs, stuffed toys, insulation material – and cannot be dried should be discarded.
Plastic toys and some furniture can be cleaned up if it is just surface mould, but avoid using bleach, which can burn your eyes or irritate your throat. Dish soap and spray soaps work just as well.
And once you have everything cleaned up continue to keep watch, mould can often resurface.
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