The Ministry of Natural Resources Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook remains in effect for all watersheds within the District which includes the District Municipality of Muskoka, the Territorial District of Parry Sound and a north-west portion in the County of Haliburton. Water levels and flows in lakes and rivers are increasing as a result of rainfall and the melting of the snow pack over the last three days. It is expected that the rate of rise in water levels and flows will quickly diminish and then will begin to recede over the next 48-hours due to the return of seasonal air temperatures with no additional rainfall forecasted for the coming days. It is expected that portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels rise.

It is anticipated that low-lying roads and properties along the Big East River within the Town of Huntsville may be impacted by early evening today but residences will not be affected. Residents affected by high water conditions in the past should take necessary action to secure any vulnerable property in close proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions over the next few days. People are asked to exercise caution and ensure they, their children and pets stay away from fast moving rivers and streams. MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further notifications will be issued prior to the expiry date of this Watershed Conditions Statement should conditions warrant. Expiry Date: This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Thursday November 27th, 2014; 5:00 pm