Yesterday the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District advised area residents that a Flood Watch remains in effect for 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.
A Flood Warning is in effect for the Moon River/Bala Reach, the North Branch of the Muskoka River sub-watershed and the South Branch of the Muskoka River that flows out of Lake Muskoka into the Bala Reach. The MNRF says flows will continue to increase as the Lake Muskoka water level rises. Flows in the North and South Branches of the Muskoka River have surpassed flooding thresholds and are expected to continue to rise with the forecasted precipitation over the next couple days. The upper watershed is experiencing significant snow melt which is contributing to high levels of water throughout the watershed.
High water levels in Huntsville area lakes are expected to build and remain high as runoff from rain and continuing snow melt makes its way through the watercourse.
Lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels remain high.