MNR issues alert about high water levels on Georgian Bay

Residents on Georigan Bay in the Parry Sound-Muskoka are being advised to keep a close eye on weather conditions due to high water levels.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued a Water Safety Alert urging people to use extreme caution around the shoreline as water levels are expected to remain high through the coming months. In a statement, the MNR said any wind and storm events are expected to worsen shoreline conditions and increase the risk of shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation. Residents are advised to check to make sure their sump pumps are working properly and to secure or protect any property in flood-prone areas.

Forecasts by the National Hydrologic Services indicate that Lake Huron/Georgian Bay’s water level will likely exceed historical monthly mean water levels for at least the next four months, and could reach or surpass the maximum recorded monthly mean water level from 1986.