Media Release: Flood Recovery May 7, 2019

Posted On Tuesday May 07, 2019

(HUNTSVILLE, ON)  On May 7 Huntsville Town Council met at a special council meeting to discuss the 2019 flood event, recovery efforts and resources available to residents. If you were impacted by the flood, please consider the following recovery resources available:

Landfill Voucher:
If you reside or operate a business in an affected flood area, you are eligible for a landfill voucher to dispose of flood related debris. The Town will issue one landfill voucher per residence or business for the disposal at a designated Transfer Station. The voucher is valid to dispose of up to one (1) half-ton and single-axel trailer load (or equivalent) of flood-related debris. The vouchers will be available for pick-up, with proof of Huntsville address starting on Thursday, May 9 at two locations: Town Hall, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville ON on the third floor and the Canada Summit Centre, 20 Park Drive, Huntsville ON.

Sandbag Disposal:
To assist Huntsville residents with sandbag disposal, a temporary sandbag drop-off is available daily at Madill Yard (169 Madill Church Road). Residents are to look for signage for drop off location. For proper handling and disposal of emergency sandbags visit Huntsville.ca.  Additionally, if Huntsville residents require assistance with sandbag removal please contact the Town of Huntsville 705-789-6421 ex0.

Debris Information:

Emergency Services have secured floating debris collected during the flood event (docks, decks, chairs, etc.) on the shores of Fairy Lake at the mouth of the Muskoka River (leading to the locks) and at Camp Kitchen. Should residents wish to claim their missing decks, docks or debris they are able to do so.  

Building Inspections and Permits:
Residents affected by flooding that are in need of a building inspection are encouraged to contact 705-789-1751 ex4 and leave a message with your property address, nature of your issue (septic or structure) and when someone would be available on site to meet staff once the water has receded. Building Officials will work with property owner on their needs and possible expedited permits.

Muskoka Futures Loan for Businesses Affected by Flood:
In order to assist businesses impacted by flooding, Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation has launched a Flood Recovery Loan program. This assistance will provide up to $25,000 at 0% interest for 2 years for businesses impacted by flooding. For full details visit Huntsville.ca

For water tests, health links, general inquiry, funding assistance information and additional resources please visit Huntsville.ca:

Residents are advised that properties in flooded areas using well water should assume the water is not safe to drink.

The Town continues to remind residents and visitors to stay clear of waterways. Parents and guardians are also advised to remind children to stay clear of open waters, creeks and rivers.

 

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