A flood watch continues for watersheds in Haliburton County as well as Parry Sound and Muskoka.

The Ministry of Natural Resources says water levels and flows in lakes and rivers continue to increase as a result of rainfall last week and continued melting of the snow pack.

Although the amount of rainfall received was significantly less than that forecasted, the rate of rise in water levels and flows has increased over the past few days and this trend is expected to continue through the week.

The Township of Minden Hills saw this effect over the weekend when they had to close a portion of Milburn Road (from Gelert Road to County Road 503) due to spring run-off.

It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone roads along river courses will be impacted to various degrees as river levels continue to rise.

Residents affected by high water conditions in the past should take necessary action in advance of rising water levels to secure any vulnerable property in close proximity to rivers and lakes and closely monitor developing conditions.

The MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions and will provide updates when conditions change.