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More troops heading to help flood-ravaged Bracebridge

30 more soldiers will arrive today to join 60 reservists who began helping Sunday; More rain in the forecast
The Muskoka River is raging and causing widespread flooding and road washouts in Bracebridge.

The Town continues to experience historically high flood elevations and is encouraging residents to take precautionary measures to ensure life safety.

The Town is currently monitoring weather forecasts as potential future rain and winds may impact water levels in the area.

As announced yesterday, 60 soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces Reservists along with four (4) ten-ton trucks and a recovery vehicle have arrived in Bracebridge and have been assisting with sandbags, equipment and resources to support evacuation efforts and first responders.

An additional 30 soldiers and equipment are being deployed to the area today to assist with flood emergency efforts.

Beaumont Drive is stable; however remains open to local traffic only. It is being monitored on an ongoing basis and will be closed should it become unsafe at any point.

Fraserburg Road remains closed and town officials are asking everyone in the area to contact 211 and provide an update on their situation.

Wharf Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from Ontario Street to Victoria Street until further notice to ensure public safety.

Town Officials are reminding all members of the public that it is illegal to surpass roadways marked as closed.

The integrity of closed roads cannot be guaranteed and may pose a hazard. For more information on road conditions, please click here.

The Town has declared all town water-side parks, access points and trails closed until further notice to help ensure public safety during the flood emergency.

In response to multiple municipalities in Muskoka declaring a State of Emergency the District of Muskoka has declared a State of Emergency. They continue to provide support and assistance as required for local municipalities.

The Drinking Water Advisory issued by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for the affected areas remains in place.

Residents are advised that properties in flooded areas using well water should assume the water is not potable. Municipal water sources are not affected by this advisory.

Water filling stations can be accessed in Bracebridge at 336 Ecclestone Drive, and for those on the Alport side of the Beaumont Drive flooding at 1601 Beaumont Drive (Kirby’s Beach water treatment plant).

A complete list of Municipal water sources available through the District of Muskoka is available by clicking here.

Sandbags are available free of charge at Fowler Construction (1206 Rosewarne Dr.) for Bracebridge properties who have been affected by flooding.

Sandbags are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sand material and bags have also been dropped on Maplewood Road (PVT), Herbert Crescent. (PVT), and in the George Road Boat Launch Overflow Parking Lot.

For life safety emergencies call 9-1-1 - Stay Back from all water courses.