Town of Bracebridge calling in military
Lookout at Muskoka River (Remy Smith, MyMuskokaNow.com)
Bracebridge is calling in the military to help with flood relief efforts. Mayor Graydon Smith announced the move this evening.
Canadian Armed Forces Reservists are expected to arrive in town tomorrow to help with things like filling and setting up sandbags, as well as getting equipment and resources to support evacuation efforts and first responders, as required. Civilian volunteers are still needed to help with the efforts as well.
During his update Smith said the waters in the north of the watershed appear to have crested or stabilized, but that the south part of the watershed is still seeing rising water levels. The provincial government is also still promising its support.
There was some good news for residents in Beaumont Drive area. Bell has been able to protect its infrastructure there so it won’t be shutting off its landlines.
Smith is asking people to avoid becoming “disaster tourists” in areas like Beaumont and to only be in those places if you need to be.
The town has also closed all waterside parks and access points until further notice because of the danger they represent. Wharf Road is closed to vehicular traffic from Ontario Street to Victoria Street until further notice to ensure public safety.
There’s no rain in the forecast until Wednesday, which Smith said could give the water levels during this historic flooding a few days of relief.