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MNRF warns of high water levels and increased flows

MNRF warns of high water levels and increased flows

Posted: 2022-06-15 14:33:10 By: thebay

Yesterday the MNRF - Parry Sound District advised area residents that a Water Safety Bulletin is in effect until June 21st.

Residents in the Parry Sound District, which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a northwest portion in the County of Haliburton, should exercise caution while around waterbodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets due to high water levels and river flows in the area.

Water levels and river flows are generally higher than normal in the Parry Sound and Muskoka area for this time of year. Some areas typically used for recreation and access to the water are inundated and/or experiencing high river flows making access difficult or possibly dangerous in some locations.

The ministry also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as they may become seasonally inundated with water, are prone to washouts and may become impassible due to localized flooding.

The area has received approximately 105 millimetres of rain over the past three weeks causing water levels and flows in local lakes and rivers to rise higher than normal for this time of year.