Magnificent Monster – Flooding Continues in Bracebridge
On April 21, I got as close as possible to Bracebridge Falls from both sides of the river to capture some new pictures. The water level had climbed overnight but not significantly. Officials had expected the river to crest within the next 48 hours but they had no estimate on when the water levels would begin to recede. More homes have been evacuated and property damage continues to soar.
Today, April 23 I returned to take more photos having heard this could be the peak. The water volume over the falls had increased and so had the flooding in the parking lot at the river’s edge. It’s hoped that the rain expected overnight and into tomorrow won’t cause further havoc. Below is a photo essay of the area just a short distance from our home.
The Muskoka River has never reached these levels. I spoke to one home owner who lives on the river. Over the last few days he has watched the cottages on either side of him fill with water. He told me today some good Samaritans sand-bagged his home. “The water has been creeping up every day. We hope today is the peak but they keep saying that.” That’s my hope too.
As magnificent an experience as this has been for those of us observing Bracebridge Falls, it has come at a horrible cost to so many.
If the Muskoka River continues to rise, I will share more pictures. Below is a photo essay taken over the last three days of the area just a short distance from our home.
Photos & Text © Wendie Donabie 2013