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Central Ontario communities hope worst of flooding is over

Flood waters surround houses and vehicles in Hunstville, Ont., April 21, 2013, 2013.

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Water levels appear to have peaked and are even receding in some Ontario communities grappling with flooding.

Seven communities in Ontario cottage country areas – from Muskoka to Kawartha Lakes – have declared states of emergency as they deal with flooding that submerged roads and forced dozens of people to evacuate waterlogged homes.

An official with the city of Kawartha Lakes says the level of the Burnt River dropped 30 centimetres overnight, though it is still almost a metre above normal levels for this time of year.

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An update from Huntsville on Monday says the flooding seems to have peaked downtown and other areas in the municipality have seen water levels drop.

The province's Ministry of Natural Resources has also issued flood warnings for parts of northern Ontario, including the areas of North Bay and Parry Sound.

Ontario Minister of Community Safety Madeleine Meilleur says she's spoken to a number of mayors of communities affected by the flooding and offered government support.

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