The communities all over the low-lying areas around central Ontario have been warned to stay away from rivers and creeks, declaring that the water levels are already high and waterways are dangerous. The major two towns being affected and significant centres for cottage country, i.e. Bracebridge and Huntsville, have declared emergencies due to the heavy rains and melting snow washed out roads, damaged homes and flooded businesses.
Mayor of Huntsville, Claude Doughty, informed people to “expect the worst. This is going to be a bad one, a really bad one. This is going to be worse than 1985 which was probably the biggest we’ve seen.” He announced that an estimate of 500 homes, along with approximately 1,000 residents, have been affected by the floods so far. He alleged that “at this point there are properties that are being affected and threatened, but primarily the biggest thing we’re struggling with right now are the road networks being flooded out.” Addressing the media on Saturday morning, Doughty explained that “that means we’ve got people sealed in in certain areas, or sealed out of the area they need to get in to where their home is.”
Since even more rain is expected as the time passes, police and city authorities have advised all those living in low-lying areas to leave. Wendy Dingman and her family were forced to evacuate their Huntsville home due to the rising waters. Dingman shared that “The Salvation Army is covering three days for us at the Comfort Inn,” and “so we are prepared to stay there for some time.”
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