(April 27, 2015 12;15pm PARRY SOUND MUSKOKA) The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) today downgraded its Flood Watch advisory to a Water Safety notice. Our region is expect to get less than 5mm of rain over the next five days, which is good news for those worried about rising water levels. The agency released this advisory today at noon:
Water Safety Watershed Conditions Statement in effect
A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is in effect for Muskoka, Parry Sound and a north-west portion of Haliburton.
High water levels and flow conditions, typical of this time of year, exist throughout the area and residents are reminded to keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.
The MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System
At this time the area is forecasted to receive less than 5mm of rain over the next five days with daytime highs up to 17 degrees Celsius.
Description of Current Conditions
The snowpack across the district has now melted with the exception of heavily shaded areas at higher elevations in area watersheds. Water levels in lakes have risen to typical spring levels over the past week and should begin to slowly decline. River flows will continue to remain high and fast over the next couple of weeks.
During this time of year we can expect higher and faster flowing water in most watercourses.
Slippery and unstable banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions around any water body.
Expiry Date: This message will expire on Monday, May 04 2015, 05:00 PM
April 20: Flood Watch issued for Muskoka, Parry Sound and northwest Haliburton
(April 21, 8:30pm BRACEBRIDGE) Updated with photos this evening from Bracebridge Wharf area. Photos by Norah Fountain and click here for a video of water over the Bracebridge Falls April 21 – the awe-inspiring power of the spring thaw in honour of Earth Day. April 22.
(April 20, 2015 12:35pm MUSKOKA-PARRY SOUND) To no one’s surprise after last night’s rain and the continuing snow melt, along with a new weather alert from Environment Canada at 11am suggesting we can expect more heavy rain today, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has upgraded a Water Safety notice to a Flood Watch. Environment Canada expects periods of rain to continue to affect areas east of Georgian Bay to Algonquin before becoming more intermittent this afternoon. The agency says these areas could receive 15 to 30 mm of rain in total by the time it ends this evening.
Featured photo shows water pouring over the dam at Bracebridge Falls, April 21
The following is the latest Flood Watch advisory released by the MNR as of 12:30pm today, April 20 and including information from the Town of Bracebridge. Please do not copy and share this information posted on Muskoka News Watch without express permission and credit.
The Ministry of Natural Resources – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for all watersheds within the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.
Water levels and flows in lakes and rivers continue to increase as a result of rainfall received over the past 12 hours and continued melting of the snow pack at higher elevations in the watersheds. (Scroll down to see sample photos of the rise in water level from April 11 to April 20 on Lake Muskoka).
It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels continue to rise. Vulnerable, low-lying roads and properties along the Big East River within the Town of Huntsville may begin to be impacted as river flows again increase. High water levels in the Huntsville Lakes (Lake Vernon, Fairy Lake and Peninsula Lake), typical during the spring, are expected to build and remain high as runoff from recent rain makes its way through the watercourse.
Flows in the North Branch Muskoka River within the Town of Bracebridge have surpassed early flood-watch levels. North Branch flows are expected to continue to rise over the next few days. Flow in the South Branch Muskoka River is also expected to climb above early watch levels within the next 24 to 48 hours.
The Town of Bracebridge is reporting localized flooding on Germania Road. It is closed to traffic from Waters Road to 1507 Germania Road. Cedar Beach Road is closed from 1017 Cedar Beach Road to 1073 Cedar Beach Road. To read full Bracebridge advisory, please click here.
Flows out of Lake Muskoka into the Bala Reach are expected to climb to early watch levels of 200cms within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Water levels in lakes are expected to continue to rise to typical spring levels over the next week.
Residents affected by high water conditions in the past should take necessary action to secure any vulnerable property in close proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions.
Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around waterbodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.
The MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System: Rainfall amounts between 15 – 23mm were recorded within the area over the past 24 hours. An additional 10-15mm of rain is possible by this evening.
Description of Current Conditions: Levels and flows have increased significantly over the past few days as the remainder of the snow pack continues to melt across area watersheds. It is expected that rain forecasted will cause an increased rate of rise in lake levels and river flows over the next few days.
During this time of year we can expect higher and faster flowing water in most watercourses. Slippery and unstable banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions around any water body.
Expiry Date: This message will expire on Friday, April 25 2014, 05:00pm
SAMPLE WATER LEVEL CHANGES ON LAKE MUSKOKA FROM APRIL 11 to APRIL 23
Terminology: Notification Levels
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
Today’s Advisory: FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities.
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
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