The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a ‘Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety’ is in effect for the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka and the Territorial District of Parry Sound.

Residents within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area should keep a close watch on conditions and exercise caution around water bodies as flows and levels within rivers and streams are anticipated to rise in the coming days.

Although flooding is not expected at this time, residents may wish to consider taking action to ensure their sump pumps are working properly and to secure or protect any property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas.

It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels start to increase over the next week.

With cooler temperatures, banks and shorelines adjacent to water bodies are extremely slippery and unstable.

Residents and visitors should exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.

MNRF also advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities as many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts and may be impassible due to current water levels.