Power has been shut off in some parts of Huntsville in central Ontario as flood waters rise to what officials are calling record levels.
Huntsville says flood-prone areas include the downtown core and the Big East River area.
Town officials say power has been cut for safety reasons as water levels are predicted to keep rising over the next day.
They say water levels are higher than ever recorded and residents in low-lying areas should take immediate action to protect their property.
Huntsville and the town of Bracebridge declared emergencies Friday after heavy rain fall caused road closures and washouts across both municipalities, which are about 40 kilometres apart.
Bracebridge says levels on the north and south branches of the Muskoka and Black rivers are still swelling, and residents in flood-risk areas should consider leaving their homes if they deem it necessary.
People in both towns are being warned to stay clear of open waters, creeks and rivers.
“Municipal staff and services along with emergency services are currently working on managing this situation,” Kelly Pender, Huntsville’s chief administrative officer, said in a release.
More than two dozen Bracebridge roads are closed due to flooding. The Bracebridge Sportsplex and Oakley Village Square are providing shelter to those who need it.
The City of Kawartha Lakes was also under a state of emergency due to flooding in the Burnt River area North of Lindsay.
Officials expect the Burnt River to rise over the next 36 to 48 hours and it could possibly exceed the 100 year flood levels.
The municipality issued a statement saying affected residents have been advised to move to higher ground and the Burnt River Community Centre has been opened as an evacuation centre.
A spokeswoman for the municipality said about 500 residents directly affected in the flood area.
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