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Ontario Flooding Hits Cottage Country

April 22, 2013; 8:57 AM ET

Heavy rain combined with the last of winter's thaw to trigger destructive flooding in central Ontario.

Ontario's "cottage country," east of Georgian Bay, was hit hard, with dozens of people driven from their homes late last week, the CBC News website said on Monday.

One community that seemed to bear the brunt of regional flooding was Huntsville, located about 120 miles, or 190 km, north of Toronto. Area water levels seemed to be cresting Sunday night. Long-time residents were on record as saying that the flooding was higher than had previously been seen, the CBC said.

The Huntsville Mayor, Claude Doughty, said that it would take months and millions of dollars to repair road damage. Doughty had declared a state of emergency for Huntsville on Friday.

Huntsville lies on the Muskoka River, which links a series of lakes in the area.


Location of Huntsville, Ontario. (Bing Maps)

Rainfall in the area Thursday and Friday reached about 2 to nearly 4 inches over an area between Barrie and North Bay, Ontario, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed. Rainfall at Beatrice was 3.69 inches, or 94 mm.

Meanwhile, Kawartha Lakes was still under a state of emergency as of early Monday, following weekend flooding in which several homes were evacuated, the CBC said. Kawartha Lakes lies northeast of Toronto.

Ontario provincial flood warnings had also been posted for the areas of Parry Sound and North Bay.

Forecasts for the flood-hit areas were for helpful dry weather through Tuesday. Light to moderate rainfall, possibly with some snow, Wednesday and Thursday should be below the threshold needed to instigate new flooding or worsen floods ongoing.

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