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Warming weather trend into weekend keeps flood watchers on alert across Muskoka

MUSKOKA-PARRY SOUND — A warming trend into Sunday in the range of 8-17 degrees daytime and freezing overnight — which could bring with it rain — may be good for making maple syrup, but flood water levels continue to be an ongoing concern, says the MNR.

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ ‘flood warning’ continues even with a slowing of river and water levels on Wednesday.

They say residents within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area — especially for those who live within some low-lying, flood-prone areas such as along river courses that have experienced flooding in past years – should be particularly concerned.

The rate-of-rise in river and lake levels is beginning to slow, but new or additional flooding may occur in low-lying locations before flows and levels peak within most river courses over the next 24-48 hours.

Residents are advised to continue keeping a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around waterbodies, as water levels and flows continue to rise into next week.

Residents may wish to take action to protect property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas with sand bags readily and easily available throughout the district. Check town websites for locations.

And the MNR says it is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.

The say following Wednesday’s colder temperatures, the weather forecast through to Sunday April 20 is for daytime high temperatures in the range of 8-17 degrees Celsius with near freezing nighttime temperatures.

In addition, forecasts have identified the potential for rain this week into Sunday, but rainfall amounts are uncertain at this time.

The water content within the existing snow pack throughout local watersheds continues to be significantly greater than the normal or historical average for mid-April.

Forecasted temperatures and any rainfall received will continue to melt the remaining snow pack with runoff into local water courses, causing a danger risk and potential serious property damage.

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