"The community has experienced an extreme weather event including over 50 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours resulting in massive destruction of our municipal infrastructure," Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty said in a statement. "Many roads are either impassible or destroyed by the flooding in the area."
Initial estimates put the damage at an amount in excess of $1 million."
Some of the power has ben shut off in the town as a precaution and there are warnings of possible flash floods.
In Bracebridge, where Mayor Graydon Smith declared an emergency on Friday, the north and south branches of the Muskoka River and Lake Muskoka will rise over the next 48 hours, ROCK95NEWS reports.
The Bracebridge Sportsplex and the Village Square in Vankoughnet are available for residents affected by the flooding until further notice.
"To assist residents in protecting their property and reduce potential property damage, the Town of Bracebridge has made sand bags available free of charge," the station reported.In Bancroft, the York River breached its banks and the town is advising everyone to stay away from waterways and dams.
Residents and businesses located along the York have been asked to move or secure any property or items that could otherwise float away, the town advised in a statement.
Bancroft Mayor Bernice Jenkins had asked people and vehicles to stay away from the downtown area, but noted the Baptiste Lake dam was "holding up well" and the Ministry of Natural Resources was keeping tabs on it.
"The worst is likely still to come in Bancroft," said Sun Media's national editorial writer Mark Bonokoski, who lives on Baptiste Lake, but above the high water level. "The main street of town has been shut down due to the flooding, but it is not expected to crest until Tuesday or Wednesday. The York River, which flows through town, is fed hugely by Baptiste Lake which has water levels up more than three feet, with a dam protecting the town.
"If it ever burst, the downstream surge would literally wipe out Bancroft, but it has held up for years. The big problem? Baptiste Lake is still largely ice-bound, so there is still a lot of melt upcoming."
Continuing rain and snow run-off was the cause of the high water levels, which had stabilized by Sunday evening, the town said.
Meanwhile, in the City of Kawartha Lakes, northeast of Toronto, Mayor Ric McGee declared an emergency Saturday evening due to flooding in the Burnt River, Black River and Gull River watersheds, where sandbagging efforts were underway
In the Ottawa area, residents along portions of the Ottawa River will see higher-than-normal water levels in the coming days.
Thanks to melting snow and the 40-60 millimetres of rain seen in the north and central parts of the river basin in the last few days, the Ottawa River Regulating Committee is warning residents of those areas that flooding is a possibility.
Low-lying areas along the river's shore are most at risk, said a release from the committee, including those from Westmeath and Lake Coulonge down towards the Montreal area. Water levels are likely to rise until next week and flooding levels in those areas could be reached in the next couple days. The committee said the storage reservoirs are catching most of the melting snow but there isn't much room left for more rainwater.
"During this critical period, the committee will take all possible actions to limit the amount of flooding and will continuously monitor conditions at all points along the river," the group wrote in a release. For current water levels along the river including in Ottawa, Gatineau, Lake Timiskaming, Mattawa, Pembroke, Lake Coulonge, Chats Lake, Grenville and Maniwaki, visit OttawaRiver.ca or call 1-819-994-7079.
-- with files from Chris Hofley