The Town of Gravenhurst will be making sandbags available at five locations starting on Tuesday.

You will be able to pick-up sandbags at the end of Cowbell Lane, at the cul-de-sac on Severn River Road East at Highway 11, Sunshine Court, Muskoka Bay Park, and at the Municipal Public Workers Yard at 1054 Crawford Road. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) watches over the Muskoka Watershed. The MNRF’s Senior Media Relations Officer Jolanta Kowalski told the newsroom last week the spring thaw has been “about average” so far. She said that long-term forecasts are often unreliable, so it’s hard to predict high water or flooding. “We can’t control flooding, but the best we can do is be prepared for it and be resilient,” she added.

The District of Muskoka recently relaunched its GeoHub app. With it, you’re able to see up-to-the-minute data on the flood levels in Muskoka.

“The Gravenhurst Emergency Management Team has been meeting regularly since January in preparation of the annual spring freshet,” said Community Emergency Management Coordinator Todd Clapp. “Town emergency planners are in constant communication with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Trent Severn Waterway, and are prepared to deal with high water levels to the best extent possible, should they occur,” he added.