The Town of Huntsville has declared a state of emergency.

Water levels are already high and with a number of areas in Huntsville already flooded, Environment Canada is now forecasting more heavy rains for the region starting tonight and lasting late into Friday.

Between 25 and 40 millimetres of rain is expected to fall, although Environment Canada says it could exceed 50mm.

By declaring the State of Emergency, town staff will have access to additional and necessary resources if, in fact, the predicted rainfall occurs.

Flooding in Huntsville continues. Photo credit: Patrick Grapes,

Property owners in low-lying areas are being advised to take precautionary measures to protect their property. Flooding resources, sand bags, and other information is being offered on the Town of Huntsville website.

Town of Huntsville Emergency Control Group and MNRF Officials will continue to monitor conditions and updates will be issued as required. Residents are being encouraged to monitor local media outlets, the MNRF and the Town of Huntsville website for updates.

Emergency services are prepared to assist as needed and residents are reminded to call 911 for emergency calls only. Residents are reminded that if they have flood damage to contact their insurance provider.

Please note that flooded roads are closed for public safety and it is illegal to drive on a closed road.

The town continues to remind residents to stay clear of waterways. Parents and guardians are also advised to remind children to stay clear of open waters, creeks and rivers.