Two Ontario ministers head to cottage country to see flood damage, offer support


TORONTO – Two Ontario ministers are heading to cottage country today for a first-hand view of several communities hit by flooding.

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Madeleine Meilleur and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Linda Jeffrey will be going to several areas to see the extent of the damage and offer government support.

Meilleur will tour Markstay-Warren and South Algonquin and Jeffrey will tour Bracebridge and Huntsville.

They’ll be accompanied by experts from their ministries as well as local mayors.

Officials in most of the central Ontario communities say they believe the worst of the flooding is over but water levels remain extremely high.

Seven communities — from Muskoka to Kawartha Lakes — are in states of emergency as they deal with the flooding that submerged roads and forced dozens of people to evacuate waterlogged homes.

“The efforts of first responders, municipal workers and volunteers to ensure the safety of their fellow residents have been inspiring,” Meilleur said in a statement today.

“The government remains committed to helping the people in the regions impacted during the flood itself and during the recovery.”

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