Muskoka Floods: It’s beginning to look a lot like 2013

Flooding in spring of 2013 was worst in 100 years

A ‘Texas Low’ is tracking across the province today bringing with it an abundance of rain, adding to the flooding woes throughout Muskoka.

Up to 50 millimetres of rain expected today in parts of Muskoka, Haliburton and Kawartha lakes (as many as 30mm in the Barrie-area)

Huntsville has joined other northern communities in declaring a state of emergency over rising floodwaters; the heavy rain expected to send even more water cascading over riverbanks, down streets, and into basements. A 24-hour Registration and Inquiry Centre has been established at the Canada Summit Centre, 20 Park Drive, 705-789-6421 Ext. 0. It will remain open until further notice.

In Bracebridge, work continues to build up roads that were flooded over, isolating some residents.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has responded to a request from Queen’s Park for federal assistance.

“The Government Operations Centre has dedicated staff working to coordinate the federal response to the situation in Ontario. Officials are working closely with federal and Ontario partners on planning the details this assistance, including support from Canadian Armed Forces.  Citizens can rest assured that help will be provided.”

Police are reminding people not to drive around road closed signs and to be wary of other water-covered roads they may encounter. Avoiding fast flowing watercourses and slippery banks is also recommended.

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