Media Release - Muskoka Lakes Lifts Declaration of Emergency

Media Release
For Immediate Release

May 15, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.

Muskoka Lakes Lifts Declaration of Emergency

MUSKOKA LAKES – As water levels continue to recede throughout the Township, recovery efforts are continuing. This morning Mayor Phil Harding lifted the Emergency Declaration for the Township of Muskoka Lakes that had been declared under the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act, on April 28, 2019.

Navigation restrictions have been lifted by Transport Canada for Lake Muskoka, Moon River, and North and South Muskoka River. Based on lower water levels, and slower currents, Minister Garneau announced that the water bodies in the Muskoka Region are no longer part of the Interim Order restricting navigation on the water. However, all vessel operators are asked to be cautious on the waters, including watching for debris and adjusting vessel speeds to limit wake.

To assist Muskoka Lakes property owners with clean-up resulting from the 2019 flood emergency, the Township will be issuing one (1) Waste Disposal Voucher per property to provide no-charge disposal of flood damaged waste at the Eveleigh Road Transfer Station and Rosewarne Transfer Station during operating hours. The voucher is valid to dispose of up to one half-ton and single-axle trailer load (or equivalent) of flood-related debris. Please contact the Township Office at 705-765-3156 for full program details.  

The Ontario Government has expanded the activation area for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in the District of Muskoka to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants affected by flooding in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if you are eligible for assistance, if you are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the map and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider.

Residents are advised that properties in flooded areas using well or lake/river water should assume the water is not potable. Municipal water sources are not affected. Water testing kits are available for pick up at the municipal office.

Township officials are encouraging residents and contractors to help collect floating debris in the water. All debris can be dropped off at the closest municipal ramp. Township officials ask that debris not block boat ramps from use. Please notify the Township of any debris left at these sites for pick up. If assistance is required for any large items that are floating or rested on shore/property, please attempt to secure, if safe, and contact the Township office at 705-765-3156 for alternate arrangements.

Sand bag drop off depots are available at the Glen Orchard Yard (3951 Muskoka Road 169), Patterson Yard (1078 Raymond Road) and Ranwood Yard (1158 Ranwood Road) during the recovery phase. Any resident in need of support for the removal of sand bags, please call the township office at 705-765-3156 for assistance.  

In order to assist businesses impacted by flooding, Muskoka Futures has launched a Flood Recovery Loan program. This assistance will provide up to $25,000 at 0% interest for 2 years for businesses impacted by flooding. Funds are available to assist businesses with deductibles, inventory, infrastructure, equipment and operating costs, or other costs identified by businesses. For all program details and applications, please visit muskokafutures.ca.

Mayor Phil Harding will be hosting an Appreciation BBQ on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Port Carling Memorial Community Centre to thank all staff and volunteers in the community for their efforts during the 2019 flood emergency.

For more information on flooding, visit the Township of Muskoka Lakes 2019 Flood Information page on the Township website.  

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For additional Information, please contact:
Harry Baranik
Deputy Fire Chief/Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC)
705-765-3156
hbaranik@muskokalakes.ca

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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