Town Public Notices

Town of Huntsville news and notices are available year-round.

Cleaning up after a flood

Debris

Emergency Services have secured floating debris collected during the flood event (docks, decks, chairs) 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.  

Sandbag handling and 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. Additionally, if Huntsville residents require assistance with sandbag removal please contact the Town of Huntsville 705-789-6421 ex0.

Please see proper handling and disposal of emergency sandbags.

Tips

  • Wear gloves and boots to protect yourself from scrapes and contaminants
  • Sand that has been in contact with floodwater’s containing bacteria, hazardous chemicals, sewage, septic waste, and oil or fuel products can cause health problems and environmental damage if not handled properly
  • Because of the possibility of contamination and the health and environmental risks they pose, sand from sandbags should never be used in sandboxes, playgrounds, or other areas where it will be on the ground surface or directly in contact with people. It can only be used in construction projects
  • Sand should not be disposed of in a wetland, waterway, flood plain or other environmentally sensitive or protected area
  • Do not dispose of sand into your local watercourse
  • Unused, empty sandbags can be saved for future use, recycled, or disposed of
  • Clean, filled sandbags can be saved and reused at other flood sites for up to six months

Credit - thanks to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority for this helpful information.

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.

Clean water and tests

If you have been affected by flooding and your well has been contaminated, please contact the Salvation Army at

705-789-3398 for bottled drinking water, generously donated by Ice River Springs and Chantler Transport.

Visit the local health unit year-round for water test kits and visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit water testing page. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is located at 34 Chaffey St, Huntsville, ON P1H 1K1.

Assistance

Business Assistance

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.

Funds are available to assist businesses with deductibles, inventory, infrastructure, equipment and operating costs, or other costs identified by businesses. This assistance is not designed to replace insurance, or support from Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians, but may act as bridge financing to such support, or may provide additional assistance should insurance proceeds or other recovery funding be insufficient to meet a businesses recovery needs. In the event any business demonstrates a need for assistance beyond $25,000, they will be considered on a case by case basis.

Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation will be communicating this through local media, social media, and other local partners, while details and the application form will be up on the website as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you contact Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation, they can send the application directly to businesses.

Contact

Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation

www.muskokafutures.ca

Tel: 705-646-9511

Toll Free: 1-800-414-6570

Disaster Recovery Assistance

Ontario Government activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to support residents in Bracebridge and Huntsville:

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has put together some additional resources together:

The Town of Huntsville has provided a program summary on our disaster recovery assistance web page.

Federal Government Assistance

Federal Government has engaged an emergency local Services Canada team to assist residents or businesses affected by flooding. This service is only to assist with Federal issues (loss of documents, or EI).

As of April 30, the Service Canada team will be located at the Canada Summit Centre in the Jan Glen Room, Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 2:00pm and can be contacted by phone at 705-789-4640.

Volunteer Assistance
Please contact Customer Service at 705-789-6421 ext. 0 if you:
  • Are in need of volunteer assistance due to flooding
  • Would like your name included as a volunteer

General inquiry

To assist residents the Town of Huntsville will continue to respond to general inquiries and information at the following Customer Service phone number:  705-789-1751.

Road closures related to flooding

As water levels decline, Public Works crews will continue to assess and repair flooded roads. Current updates on road closures can be found on our news page.

Ministry, Health & External Links

Watershed maps

Watershed maps of Huntsville and Muskoka areas.

 

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