Weather Primary Cause Of 2019's Flooding - Province
Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry released the report by the Special Advisory on Flooding that confirmed that this year’s record-setting flooding in many parts of the province was caused by a combination of weather conditions: colder-than-average winter and spring, higher-than-average snowpack, lack of significant winter thaw, rapid snow melt and significant rain events in the spring.
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski said they looked carefully at the core components of the Province’s approach to emergency management and found that steps taken by individuals, municipalities, dam owners, and other agencies were effective in reducing further potential damage to communities,” he said.
The report includes 63 recommendations, many of which revolve around improving the mapping of floodplains.
One Recommendation specifically deals with the Muskoka Watershed and states that the province use the results of the Watershed Management Initiative to inform any potential future amendments to the Muskoka River Water Management Plan, and that the province consider whether to encourage the municipalities to establish a conservation authority or request the Ministry Municipal Affairs and Housing to restrict development in the floodplains.