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Friends of Muskoka Waves Newsletter

WAVES - Special Edition

IN THIS ISSUE

  • Flood Update

  • Ontario’s Flood Recovery Assistance

  • How You Can Help

  • Sand in Sandbags is Contaminated

  • Water from Flooded Lakes, Rivers, and Wells is Contaminated

  • Boating Restrictions

  • Disposal of Flood Damaged Items

  • Thank You To TML Mayor Phil Harding, Councillors, Municipal Staff and Volunteers

 FLOOD UPDATE:

The flood waters continue to recede across Muskoka, but many properties are still being impacted with docks, boathouses and land under water.

Detailed flood updates are being provided by a number of municipalities, as well as the Muskoka Lakes Association, at these links: These links also include helpful information on road closures, disposal of debris and sandbags, testing of drinking water, and safe boating.  

ONTARIO IS OFFERING FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR QUALIFYING PERMANENT RESIDENTS, SMALL BUSINESSES, FARMS, AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS


The Ontario government has activated its Disaster Recovery Assistance program in the Township of Muskoka Lakes, Bracebridge and Huntsville.  The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or a small business, farm, or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property that are not covered by insurance. 

Applications for assistance are due August 29, 2019. Details of eligibility and the application process are at this link.

HOW YOU CAN HELP


The flooding has caused extreme damage to homes and properties across Muskoka, many of whom do not carry flood insurance. If you would like to offer financial assistance to those in need, you may donate through Muskoka Victim Services, by indicating in the message area that the funds are to be directed to Muskoka Flood Relief on the recommendation of Friends of Muskoka.  

You can support Bracebridge residents impacted by the flood through the Town of Bracebridge’s donation program at this link.

SAND IN SANDBAGS CONTAMINATED


Muskoka Health authorities are advising residents that used sandbags may have been in contact with flood water containing bacteria, hazardous chemicals, sewage, septic waste, and oil or fuel products.  “Treat used sandbags as municipal waste and wear appropriate protection such as gloves and eye wear to reduce your risk of exposure to bacteria, chemicals or other hazards that could be present on or in used sandbags.” 

Officials recommend all sandbags be kept in place until water levels recede and the risk of flooding has ended. Filled sandbags should then be dropped at municipal depots for safe disposal. There is no charge. 
Because the sand in these sandbags may be contaminated, do not empty the sandbags into the lake or anywhere on your property, and do not use the sand on the beach or in sandboxes. If the sandbags are too heavy for you to take to a municipal depot, call your municipal office for assistance.

Drop off depots and telephone numbers for assistance include:

Township of Muskoka Lakes 705-765-3156 
  • Glen Orchard Yard (3951 Muskoka Road 169) 
  • Patterson Yard (1078 Raymond Road) 
  • Ranwood Yard (1158 Ranwood Road) 
Bracebridge (call 211):
  • Rosewarne Transfer Station (1062 Rosewarne Drive)
  • Herbert Court at Cul de Sac
  • Gravel Area at Beaumont Drive and Beaumont Farm Road
  • Alpine Ranch Road - Plow Turnaround/Parking Lot
  • George Road Boat Launch
  • River Road at Pumping Station Lot
  • Intersection of Colony Road and Fraserburg Road
  • Intersection of Springdale Park Road and Springdale Shores
  • Matthiasville Road – Plow Turnaround/Parking Area closest to the Steel Bridge.
Huntsville 705-789-6421
  • 169 Madill Church Road

ASSUME THAT WATER FROM FLOODED LAKES, RIVERS, AND WELLS IS CONTAMINATED


Authorities are advising residents in flooded areas with a private water supply (rivers, lakes and wells) to assume their water has been contaminated with bacteria and/or other contaminants in the flood water. There is no risk with the municipal water supply. You are advised to test your private water supply before consuming your water. 

Water testing kits are available at TML’s municipal offices, 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling. In addition, sample bottles for water testing can be picked up and dropped off at the times and locations described in this link

In the meantime, Muskoka Health authorities recommend that residents with wells in flooded areas use an alternative water supply for any of these purposes:
  • drinking, gargling, brushing teeth or rinsing their mouth
  • making baby food or infant formula
  • washing dishes
  • washing fruits, vegetables and other food
  • or making any meals, drinks or ice.
Water filling stations are located at numerous locations, including at the Bala Community Centre (1008 Maple Avenue) and TML municipal office (1 Bailey Street, Port Carling).

More information on your water supply is available from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit here or by calling  705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BOATING RESTRICTIONS


Transport Canada has lifted its order restricting boating in Muskoka due to lower water levels and slower currents. However, “all vessel operators are asked to be cautious on the waters, including watching for debris and adjusting vessel speeds to limit wake’. 

Officials are asking boaters to be extremely cautious, in light of unseen and/or floating objects that will create boating hazards. If boating is absolutely required, you are urged to adhere to a 6 kph and No Wake restriction, to minimize the impact on already fragile waterfront properties. 

DISPOSAL OF FLOOD DAMAGED ITEMS


Township of Muskoka Lakes is issuing one Waste Disposal Voucher per property to provide eligible TML property owners on Lake Muskoka, Indian River from the Port Carling locks to Lake Muskoka, Moon River and Musquash River with no-charge disposal of flood damaged items. The Voucher covers up to one-half ton and single-axle trailer load (or equivalent) of flood-related debris, for disposal at Eveleigh Road Transfer Station and Rosewarne Transfer Station during operating hours. 

For details, visit TML’s website, or contact TML’s office at 705-765-3156 or email recovery@muskokalakes.ca. 

THANK YOU TO TML MAYOR HARDING, COUNCILLORS, MUNICIPAL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS


Friends of Muskoka extends its sincere appreciation to TML Mayor Phil Harding, Councillors, municipal staff and volunteers for the tremendous work they have done dealing with the flooding in Township of Muskoka Lakes over the past month.  Apart from co-ordinating the work required to analyse and communicate the flooding, many of them have spent hundreds of hours doing exhausting work on the ground mitigating the effects of the flood. 

FOM congratulates TML Mayor Phil Harding for his success in securing a meeting with Premier Ford, who has agreed to create a task force to review the Muskoka River Water Management Plan, and for meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau to request federal funding to clean Muskoka’s waterways after the flooding. 

FRIENDS OF MUSKOKA

Friends of Muskoka are a group of dedicated volunteers working to protect and to preserve the natural environment and unique character of Muskoka by promoting responsible use and development of its land and lakes. Friends of Muskoka believe that the environment IS the economy in Muskoka since millions of people come to Muskoka and invest here because of its clean water and natural, treed shorelines. Our lakes, forests and rivers are a resource that can drive Muskoka’s economy for decades to come if we put the environment first. To this end, Friends of Muskoka is trying to stop residential subdivisions on the waterfront in Muskoka and will work to enshrine sustainable development in the Municipal and District Official Plans.

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