The MNR is advising area residents that a Water Safety Statement is in effect for the District, which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton.
High water levels and flow conditions are expected throughout the area following precipitation events that moved through the district.
Residents within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around water bodies as flows and levels within rivers and streams remain high.
MNRF also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as many may be seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts or impassible due to current water levels.
MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System
This message is being sent based on information received from MNRF – Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNRF – Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services and Environment Canada.
Over the next 7 days there is approximately only 5mm of precipitation forecasted. This drying trend should allow the watershed to begin to return to more seasonal levels over the next week.
Description of Current Conditions
Current water levels and flows are higher than normal for this time of year, due to higher than normal precipitation amounts.
Recent, widespread and heavy rainfall received across the region resulted in higher than normal flows.
Close attention should be paid to local flood conditions reports from conservation authorities and municipalities, and as always, a close watch on meteorological conditions, including thunderstorm alerts, is recommended.