Media Release - Flood Update on Muskoka Lakes

Media Release

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2019 

Flood Update on Muskoka Lakes

MUSKOKA LAKES – The Township of Muskoka Lakes is advising residents that water levels will continue to rise over the next 24 hours and in the coming days with increasing waters North of Muskoka that will have to pass through the system. It is expected that Lake Muskoka may rise another 12 cm (5 inches) by Sunday evening. Water levels are also expected to rise on Lake Joseph, Rosseau and along the Moon River.

The Township of Muskoka Lakes Emergency Control Group met this afternoon to discuss the situation and will continue to monitor conditions. A further update is anticipated if required by Sunday evening. Residents are encouraged to monitor local media outlets, the MNRF and the Township of Muskoka Lakes website for updates on water levels and recommended action.

The Township has mobilized both public works staff and volunteer fire fighters to evaluate and monitor at risk roads and properties across the municipality. In certain circumstances they may be knocking on doors to confirm occupancy and alert citizens to the potential impacts of high water. Property owners in low-lying areas will need to take precautionary measures to protect their property and be prepared that in the next 48 hours they may be asked to vacate their property.

The Township is currently accessing additional sand bags as they are in limited supply across the Province. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations only. The Township has made sand, sandbags and shovels available at the Glen Orchard Yard (3951 Muskoka Road 169), Patterson Yard (1078 Raymond Road), and Bala Sports Park (3224 Muskoka Road 169) on a fill your own basis.

It is anticipated that the next flood update will be issued within the next 24 hours and Township staff will continue to communicate all information by means of media releases to radio stations and local newspapers, social media and municipal website. 

For more information on flooding, visit the Township of Muskoka Lakes Watershed Alerts and Notices page on the township website. 

For Municipal Emergency contact after hours call: 1-705-765-3156 

For Emergency Services call: 911 

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