Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management & Civil Protection Act on Tuesday as water levels in the town continue to rise.

As well, the Town has activated its Emergency Plan while its Emergency Control Group is monitoring the situation closely.

The Town of Bracebridge has been advised by the Ministry of Natural Resources of rising water levels on lakes and rivers.

In addition, localized flooding is being experienced in low-lying areas as rain continues to be forecast for Bracebridge and surrounding area impacting the extent of flooding.

Residents are instructed to take measures to reduce the effects of flooding on their property and monitor all information from the Town.

The Town says there have been a number of roads flooded and washed out and Public Works is responding to these issues on year-round roads.

As a result of the number and severity of these washouts, it will take time to
re-open some roads.

Motorists are advised to heed road closed signs as roadways may be washed out but not visible to the driver.

Property owners in adjacent low-lying areas are advised to take precautionary measures to protect persons and property as water levels continue to rise.

The Town of Bracebridge asks you to ensure docks and waterfront structures are securely affixed to shore or removed, if safe to do so.

The Town also urges you to alert any children under your care to these dangers and supervise their activities.

These are the latest updates on lakes and rivers as of 6:30 pm, Monday, April 23rd.

  • North Branch Muskoka River: Water volumes have met and will exceed 2013 levels and are expected to continue to rise over the next few days as an upstream flow
    passes through the river system. Additional flooding can be expected in low-lying areas.
  • South Branch Muskoka River Water volumes are approaching 2013 levels and are expected to increase over the next few days. Additional flooding can be expected
    in low-lying areas.
  • Black River Water levels have subsided with some roads being re-opened.
  • Lake Muskoka Water levels are expected to continue to rise.

The Town of Bracebridge has provided these helpful links:
Emergency Services and Preparedness
Spring 2013 Flooded Areas Map
Preparing for the Spring Thaw – Flooding/High Water Information Sheet
Road Status Update
Bracebridge Fire Department (Twitter)
Town of Bracebridge (Facebook)
Town of Bracebridge (Twitter)