Media Release - Township Provides Update on Flood Recovery Efforts

Media Release
For Immediate Release

May 30, 2019

Township Provides Update on Flood Recovery Efforts

MUSKOKA LAKES – The Township of Muskoka Lakes has raised and repaired all impacted roads from the recent flood to ensure conditions remain safe. “I can’t thank our staff enough for their hard work over the past month,” states Ken Becking, Director of Public Works. The township would like to sincerely thank all those affected for their patience while those road repairs were completed.

The township would also like to remind residents that the Bala Falls Bridge remains closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until further notice. “In the interest of public safety, we are going to have an engineer examine the condition of the Bala Falls Bridge before allowing traffic to utilize it,” says Becking.

Public Works staff will continue to focus on their annual spring work, such as installing public docks, preparing township parks, cleaning streets, and regular maintenance to roads in preparation for the summer season.

Residents requiring information regarding the 2019 Flood are encouraged to visit the municipal website at www.muskokalakes.ca for resources available.

The township is 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 be placed to avoid blocking boat ramps from use. Please notify the township of any debris left at these sites for pick up.

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.

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 in the designated areas 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 or recovery@muskokalakes.ca for full program details or for providing authorization for voucher pick up to an agent (Documented Proof Required).  

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, 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 guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 after speaking with their private insurance provider.

For further information on the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program, affected residents may attend one of the following presentations by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing staff:

Bracebridge
Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Bracebridge Sportsplex
110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge, ON

Huntsville
Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Huntsville Civic Centre Algonquin Theatre
37 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON

After the presentation, residents will have an opportunity to speak with staff from the ministry and to ask questions.

For further information, please contact the municipal office at 705-765-3156.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
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