The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising residents within flood-prone areas in Muskoka, Parry Sound and a north-west portion of Haliburton that a Flood Warning is in effect.
A Flood Warning is exactly that: it warns that flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels rise.
Residents affected by flooding in the past should take necessary action to secure any vulnerable property in close proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions.
Those residents that have evacuated their homes in past years due to flooding may wish to make similar preparations at this time as rising water levels will hinder, limit or prevent the ability to evacuate as driveways and roads in lower-lying locations become impassible.
Water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers will continue to rise following significant rainfall across the area.
Residents and those visiting the area are also advised to be aware of current watershed conditions, exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.
MNR continues to monitor weather conditions and flows and water levels. Further updates to this Flood Warning will be issued as conditions change.
Description of Weather System
This message is being sent based on information received from MNRF – Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNRF – Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services and Environment Canada.
A rainfall warning issued by Environment Canada is in effect for most areas within Parry Sound District. Environment Canada has forecasted up to 60mm of cumulative rain by end of day today (Thursday March 31). Temperatures are forecasted to reach a high of 11 degrees Celsius today and falling to 5 degrees by tomorrow. A period of cold weather is forecasted over the weekend and into early next week.
Description of Current Conditions
Lake levels and river flows have increased over the past few days from rain received earlier in the week in combination with continued melting of the snow pack. The local snow pack still contains between 20-100mm of water content that has been melting very slowly over the past three weeks. It is expected that the forecasted rain will cause an increased rate of rise in lake levels and river flows as melting of the snow pack accelerates with forecasted rainfall.
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.
Gravenhurst providing sandbags
Note: The Town of Gravenhurst announced yesterday that it will provide sandbags for residents concerned about flooding. Self filled sandbags are free of charge and can be picked up after hours at the Town Public Works Yard located at 1054 Crawford Yard.
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