Flooding closes schools, roads in central Ontario 0
This truck parked behind a residence on Hastings street in Bancroft, Ont. is surrounded by the expanding overflow of the York River on Saturday, April 20, 2013. NATE SMELLE/ QMI AGENCY
States of emergency continue in central Ontario as flood waters continue to rise and wash out roads.
Seven cottage country communities have declared emergencies, including Bancroft, Kawartha Lakes, South Algonquin Township, Minden Hills, Markstay-Warren, Hunstville and Bracebridge. Last week, warm weather combined with more than 50 mm of rain caused waterways to rise rapidly.
In Bancroft, three schools and a children's centre were shuttered Monday, the town's website said. Officials warned the closures could continue for several more days. The town announced Monday afternoon that it has opened a reception centre at the North Hastings Community Centre for residents who have been displaced by the rising water levels. The state of emergency remains in effect but the town is "open for business," Mayor Bernice Jenkins said in a release.
Officials from South Algonquin Township said they continue to closely monitor the Galeairy Lake Dam and bridges.
Three schools were closed Monday for at least a day.
Flooding is slowing in some areas, including Hunstville and the Kawarthas, but residents are asked to use caution on roadways and stay away from rivers and streams.
Bracebridge resident Marion Boothby, 90, has never seen the water in the Muskoka River this high before.
"It came up pretty fast, it's come up about seven feet," said Boothby, who has lived in her Muskoka River home since 1960.
The province has offered its support to the areas impacted by rising waters.
"I have personally spoken with several local mayors to offer our government's support and collaboration with any resources we are able to provide to help them through this challenging time," Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur said in a statement Sunday.