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Canada Bracebridge in Ontario cottage country declares state of emergency amid rising water levels

Officials in a small Ontario town are knocking on doors to advise residents in a flood-prone neighbourhood to relocate after the community declared a state of emergency amid rising water levels.

Bracebridge, about 150 kilometres north of Toronto, activated its emergency plan Tuesday afternoon after a number of local roads were washed out.

Related: Poor flood-risk maps, or none at all, are keeping Canadian communities in areas prone to flooding

Mayor Graydon Smith told a news conference Wednesday morning that residents should not assume things will improve in the coming days.

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Mr. Smith tweeted this video Tuesday showing the raging water rushing over Bracebridge Falls.

He said emergency service workers would be canvassing in the Springdale Shores area, along the North Branch Muskoka River, to help people there leave their homes.

Mr. Smith was joined at the news conference by Premier Doug Ford, whose family has a cottage in the area.

Mr. Ford says the province will do everything it can to support Bracebridge, nearby Huntsville, Ont., and any other communities in the Muskoka Region that experience flooding.

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