BRACEBRIDGE—A flood emergency has been declared in Bracebridge due to the continuing rising water levels in several nearby waterways.Property owners in adjacent low-lying areas are advised to take precautionary measures as water levels continue to rise. The town encourages residents to alert any children in their care to these dangers and supervise their activities.River Rd. in Bracebridge is closed as the Muskoka River spills beyond its banks covering the roadway. (Mary Beth Hartill / Metroland)Mayor Graydon Smith declared the emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, according to a Tuesday news release just before 6 p.m.The town says water volumes on the North Branch Muskoka River are expected to exceed levels reached in 2013, when the region saw its worst flooding in a century.Water volumes on the South Branch Muskoka River are approaching 2013 levels and are expected to rise over the coming days.Levels on Lake Muskoka are also expected to continue rising, while those on the Black River have already begun to subside.The Town of Bracebridge is being advised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry of rising water levels on lakes and rivers. In addition, localized flooding is being experienced in low-lying areas.Rain forecasted for Bracebridge and surrounding area may have an impact on the extent of flooding. Residents are instructed to take measures to mitigate the effects of flooding on their property and monitor all information from the town.There have been a number of roads flooded and washed out. Motorists are advised to heed road closed signs as roadways may be washed out but not visible to the driver.The town is advising residents to keep a close eye on changing conditions, and is offering free sandbags to help people protect their properties.With files from The Canadian PressTOP STORIES, DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX.