High water could cause flooding
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has declared a flood outlook for Muskoka, giving early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions. The MNRF says residents should exercise caution while around bodies of water and maintain close supervision of children and pets due to high water levels and river flows in the area. They also report that the ice on local waterways is not safe.
Before a flood:
- Clear drains and downspouts of debris to allow for the proper flow of water,
- Ensure all downspouts drain water away from your home and foundation,
- Review the instructions for shutting off gas and water valves,
- Remove or secure any items such as outdoor furniture that may be close to waterways,
- Review your response plan with everyone in your household,
- Have a 72-hour kit prepared with all of the items you and your family need to sustain themselves for at least three days,
- Download and register with the Voyent Alert app to receive location-based notifications directly to your home phone, mobile and/or email, and
- Monitor the changing weather conditions and news regularly.
In the event of flooding:
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly, should conditions change,
- Unplug all electrical appliances, but DO NOT do so if you are wet or standing in water,
- Move valuables/important documents to higher levels of your home,
- Move any household chemicals to higher levels of your home,
- Ensure vehicles are fueled in case they are needed to evacuate, however do not drive through flood waters,
- Do not walk through flood waters, if you must, look for areas where the water is not moving and check for depth, and
- Keep children and pets away from flood waters.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit bracebridge.ca/emergencypreparedness.