Huntsville sees highest flood levels in 70 years

HUNTSVILLE, ON—Tally Ho Inn is one of the resorts affected by flooding in Ontario cottage country.

The water levels are very high around the Sunnyside cottage at Tally Ho Inn near Huntsville. All of the trees should be on land and water is usually 70 feet from the cottage instead of 10 feet as pictured. (Submitted by Patti Colquette)

The water levels are very high around the Sunnyside cottage at Tally Ho Inn near Huntsville. All of the trees should be on land and water is usually 70 feet from the cottage instead of 10 feet as pictured. (Submitted by Patti Colquette)

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HUNTSVILLE, ON

—It's the worst
flooding 83-year-old Edwin West from Tally Ho Inn has seen since his
family took over the Inn in the 1940s. Located on Penn Lake, Tally Ho
is one of the resorts affected by flooding in Ontario cottage country
this past week.

“The lake rose about three feet, there was water in the basements and
storm drainages backed up,” said his son, Andrew West on Monday.
“Luckily the water level has peaked and is starting to recede.

“Friday was exciting. We had a man with an excavator locate the
basement drains, dig a trench to the lake and let [the water] go.”
Thanks to those measures, basements at Tally Ho are now dry and the
cottages are fine.

While floating docks are OK, fixed docks have been damaged. “The
dock that is usually three feet above the water is now buried by two
feet of water,” said West.

Gord Bell of nearby Beauview Cottages noted his property was not
affected. “Beauview is up higher than the flood waters and we have
floating docks,” he said.

Chris Lund, general manager at Deerhurst Resort, said that they have
some minor landscape areas under water in and around their lakeside golf
course and beach, neither of which are currently open for the season.
“But that is it, no buildings or any other facilities are impacted.”