The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a "Flood Warning" is in effect for the Muskoka River, French River and Lower Pickerel River Watersheds, and a "Flood Outlook" is in effect for the remainder of the MNRF Parry Sound District.  Definitions: "Flood Warning" -  flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities. "Flood Outlook" gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions. These messages will remain in effect until Friday, May 17, 2019.

Residents and those visiting the area are advised to be aware of current watershed conditions. Higher than normal water levels and flow conditions exist throughout the area and residents are reminded to keep a close watch on weather conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams.

It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as lake/river levels remain high over the next week.

Banks and shorelines adjacent to water bodies are extremely unstable. Residents and visitors should exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets. Residents that may be affected by high water conditions should take necessary action to protect/secure any vulnerable property in proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions.

May 12, 2019