A flood watch has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for the Districts of Muskoka, Parry Sound, and the County of Haliburton.
Officials with the MNRF say the Irondale River near Minden, and Burnt and Black Rivers within the City of Kawartha are at-risk for flooding as well as the Black River near Vankoughnet and the Big East River near Huntsville.
They say the runoff to lakes and rivers is “increasing significantly.”
They explain river flows are increasing and are expected to reach flood thresholds in some areas. They add that lake water levels are generally within their lower normal operating zones for the time of year.
Officials say anyone in those areas could see lower-lying areas of flood-prone areas flood as water levels continue to rise.
They recommend anyone living in a lower-lying area take the necessary precautions.
Officials describe the remaining snowpack as average to above average for the time of year, adding that it will start to melt faster thanks to the warm weather forecasted over the next week.
Officials say any remaining ice is not safe. As well, they say banks and shorelines near bodies of water are likely extremely slippery and unstable. They advise caution around any body of water and say to keep a close eye on children and pets.