Bracebridge Warns Of Flooding Risk

Posted: 2020-03-20 17:24:19 By: hbr

The Town of Bracebridge is warning that flooding in low lying areas of the Town is a potential risk due to melting snow and spring rainfall. With the events of 2019 in mind, the Town is reminding residents and visitors that freshet preparations should be undertaken by those in areas prone to flooding.

Town emergency planning officials are working closely with their counterparts from the District and the other municipalities in Muskoka to ensure a consistent flow of information to the public in the event of a flood.

The Town will issue updates to assist in flood protection and mitigation. As weather conditions and snowmelt can vary significantly from day to day, the Town says it is best to be prepared in order to protect yourself, property and home.

Prior to the beginning of the snowmelt, consider the following if you believe your property or buildings maybe subject to flooding:

  • Relocate items of value above the flood level. This may mean items in your basement, garage, shed, yard, boathouse or other structures.
  • Check your sump pump to ensure that it is working. Do you need an auxiliary pump to accommodate high water flows?
  • Do you have an adequate supply of sand bags and sand to build a dyke around your house? Do you know material suppliers? Have you considered portable or reusable water-inflated dams?
  • Access to a portable generator in the event of a power failure. • Alternative accommodation in the event that you are forced to leave, such as friends or family.
  • Is your electrical panel above the flood elevation? Know where to shut off main electrical feed to the building to avoid an electrical shock or electrocution. Do not attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present. Water and live electrical wires can be lethal.
  • Securely tie off your dock to the land.
  • Remove lawnmower, snowmobiles, ATV’s, boats, lawn furniture, etc. from flood prone areas.
  • Listen to the radio and television for emergency information. The MNRF or Town may issue high water safety bulletins, flood advisories, flood warnings and emergency statements. Follow directions for your safety.