The Parry Sound District of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reporting that flooding in the Almaguin Highlands region, particularly in the community of Katrine in Amour Township, is beginning to subside.

The MNRF says the current status of the Magnetawan River watershed is improving.

The  MNRF Parry Sound District reports, “Flows in the Magnetawan rivers at Burks falls have decreased 5 cm and flows on the south branch of the Magnetawan near Emsdale have decreased by 8 cm.

As water levels and flows in the upper part of the watershed return to the normal operating zones, the dams will be operated to decrease flows downstream and provide additional relief.

Water levels in Doe, Ahmic and Cecebe lakes are all trending down.

Rain is expected on Wednesday, May 1, which could bring 30-40 mm. This could affect water levels and flows, depending on the amount of rain and where it falls”.

The MNRF advises, “Spring flooding is a natural event and occurs when there is increased runoff into a river system, resulting from a rapid melt of the snowpack and/or any significant amount of rainfall”.

The Ministry reminds residents that the dams in the Magnetawan watershed are not flood control structures and cannot prevent flooding during extreme conditions.

Land use planning issues are handled by the municipality. Municipalities are responsible for flood response inside their municipal boundaries.

The Ministry says it works with municipalities should emergency assistance be
requested.

An MNRF Flood Warning remains in effect for the Parry Sound District until Friday.

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