Sandbags are being made available to area residents in case of flooding.
In Bracebridge, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) has advised that water levels on the North Branch of the Muskoka River are expected to increase as water from the upstream watershed progresses through the town.
Residents normally affected by flooding are advised to continue actions to secure or protect property to help mitigate any flooding risks.
Pre-filled sand bags for available free of charge at Fowler Construction located at 1206 Rosewarne Drive for use at affected Bracebridge properties.
All residents are reminded to stay clear of open, fast flowing waters, creeks and rivers.
In Muskoka Lakes, flows out of Lake Muskoka into the Bala Reach are expected to surpass the flood warning levels by the end of today as the Lake Muskoka water level continues to rise. Residents are advised to keep a close watch on the conditions, regularly check for updates and exercise extreme caution with around near fast moving rivers and streams.
The current weather forecast calls for daytime highs over the next week to range from 4°C to 16°C, and night time lows to range between -4°C to 11°C, depending on the weather service. Saturdays forecast has an expected precipitation range of 10-30mm. Lakes and river levels will be expected to continue to increase due to runoff from previous and forecasted rain as well as from expected snow melt over the weekend and into next week.
The Township of Muskoka Lakes has made available sand and bags for you to fill yourself at the Glen Orchard Public Works Yard, 3951 Muskoka Road 169.
Photo of flood problem area on River Road in Bracebridge via Muskoka News Watch