State of emergency declared for Markstay-Warren
Flooding washes out roads, causes culvert damage
Markstay-Warren in Greater Sudbury is still dealing with flooding and road washouts after the community declared a state of emergency on Friday.
The public works superintendent for Markstay-Warren said eight roads were completely washed out from flooding and three were still reported closed.
While the water levels have been quite high, "the water [was] down at least a meter and a half from Saturday evening, Sunday and today," Don Cauchy said.
The three municipal roads still closed include 3rd Concession, MacLean and Sutcliffe.
Cauchy noted three homes on Sutcliffe Road were affected as were about 14 homes near the Nepewassi Bridge.
Emergency medical services and provincial police continue to be at the ready — with helicopters if needed — to respond to an emergency, officials said.
The Nepewassi Lake Road Bridge has been inspected and deemed safe for the passing of cars and light trucks only, until further inspections can be completed. There is a maximum load limit of three tons.
Residents with any concerns can contact the Municipal Information Centre at 705-853-4536 or 1-866-710-1065.
More flood warnings
After heavy rains and fast-melting snow last week, the Ministry of Natural Resources issued a flood warning for people along several water courses within the Sturgeon River, South River and French River watershed.
According to the MNR, flooding downstream of the Public Works dams in those areas was imminent and officials warned of potential property damage in the area.
But the flow was reportedly stabilizing and water levels were expected to recede this week.
State of emergency in cottage country
Ontario cottage country communities are working to contain rising water levels that submerged roads and forced dozens of people from their homes.
Seven communities, including Kawartha Lakes, Bracebridge and Huntsville, remain under a state of emergency as they grapple with floods caused by heavy rain and melting snow.
In Huntsville about 70 homes were evacuated.
However municipal officials have said they believe water levels have now begun to stabilize.