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Town Of Huntsville Says Water Levels Could Match 2013 Flood

Posted: 2019-04-23 16:44:59 By: hbr

The Town of Huntsville is advising area residents that high water levels will continue in the Huntsville area for the next 72 hours as large amounts of spring runoff pass through the system. Localized flooding and roads closures will continue as water levels equal to the 2013 flood event could occur.

The town says residents who experienced flooding in 2013 are advised that they are likely to experience a similar situation this year.

Water levels in the Big East watershed north of Huntsville have peaked and have slowly started to recede, however the prolonged high flow rates will continue to cause flooding throughout the Huntsville area and communities south of us over the next few days. 

Huntsville lakes have surpassed the high water mark and will continue to rise over the next few days.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) have removed all logs at the Brunel Locks to assist with lowering Huntsville lakes levels, however, concerns have been raised about the water over-flowing the dam and the Ministry is taking steps to help prevent this from occurring.

Property owners in low-lying areas including areas south of the Brunel Locks need to take precautionary measures to protect their property. For tips on doing so please visit the Town of Huntsville website at Huntsville.ca  

Water levels in the downtown core will continue to rise over the next few days.

Public works crews are continuing to repair flooded roads as water recedes

Residents are urged to stay clear of waterways. Parents and guardians are also advised to remind children to stay clear of open waters, creeks and rivers.