29 Apr

Catastrophic Flooding Hits Muskoka

As you are probably aware by now Muskoka and other parts of Ontario are experiencing catastrophic flooding. It is not unusual to experience high water in Muskoka during the spring freshet however it is not normal to experience such serious flooding as we are getting now. The first large flood was in 2013 and I documented it on this Blog. There was another in 2017 and now an even bigger and likely more damaging flood happening right now.

Below are some of the photos of this disastrous 2019 flood mostly taken on Lake Muskoka. The brunt of the damage is on Lake Muskoka as both branches of the Muskoka River flow into it as well as water from Lakes Joseph and Rosseau. The Ministry follows a guideline set out by the Muskoka River Water Management Plan and draws down the lakes through the dam located in Bala, Ontario which exits into the Moon River and down to Georgian Bay. The draw down is supposed to prevent this kind of flooding. It appears everything was done according to plan however we still received disastrous results. There was a record amount of snow this winter combined with lots of rain during the run-off. It is difficult to say whether anything else could have been done to mitigate the damage resulting from these floods.

Photo disclaimer:
Please note that none of these photos belong to me. They have been gathered from various social media posts mainly Muskoka 411 News and RS Muskoka. I always like to acknowledge the original source of photos however it has been difficult to track everyone down due to the influx of photos posted. If I have posted your photo please let me know and I will gladly credit you and thank you for sharing.

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  1. MVA says:

    Hi, we appreciate the information very much. We are island cottagers (Eilean Gowan) and are watching the flood information and ice out conditions with great interest. We appreciate the pictures and information that people like yourself are posting. Please keep it up and post what you can. We had been watching some local webcams as well, but some have had to cut service to their cams because their power was shut off with the flooding. I know there are many others like us, looking for updates and information.

  2. Hello Everyone. I am a property claims consultant with Sobel Public Adjusters. We recently settled a claim where over water structures(boat houses) were damaged by the floods and repairs were denied by the insurance company. We are excited to advise you we were recently able to get this claim valued at $1,000,000 over turned and the owners got full replacement costs for the repair. We will review any situation at no cost to see if we can be of any assistance. We are licenced public adjusters which means we work for you the policy holder, not the insurance companies. At this point you have nothing to lose by contacting us for a review of both your situation and your policy. If you are experiencing these issues with your insurance company please contact me for further information.

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  3. Stan Carmichels says:

    The MNRF are complete incompetents. Socialists who take glee in wrecking “rich” cottagers property. A revolting group.

  4. Nancy Armstrong says:

    I took the last photo in your series. The steamships.

  5. Ed Boutilier says:

    Great thanks! 🙂

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