Miller Asks What Is Being Done To Help Flood Victims
During yesterday’s Question Period Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller asked the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry what is being done to help those impacted by flooding in Muskoka and elsewhere in Ontario.
Minister John Yakabuski told Miller that the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre has been fully activated and is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Ministry of the Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Miller says that contrary to comments by some, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry had prepared for a large run-off this spring. In a statement over the weekend Minister Yakabuski confirmed that the Ministry had drawn down Lake Muskoka further that usual to prepare for the spring thaw. There is however only so much that MNRF can do because the dams were designed and built to keep water levels high during the summer not to prevent flooding.
Miller said he has visited Bracebridge, Huntsville and Katrine to see the damage and meet with local officials and they are showing great leadership and doing everything they possibly can to protect the safety and the property of local residents, he said.
As the water recedes the Province will send a team to evaluate the damage and determine if the area will be eligible for assistance. The Province has already been in touch with local municipalities to start to make arrangements for this evaluation.