As rainfall amounts continue to accumulate, water levels in lakes, rivers and streams are rising. With more rainfall expected over the next 24 hours, the Emergency Management Office is asking Nova Scotians to exercise caution around all bodies of water, and particularly around rivers. “With rivers and waterways rising quickly, it is possible that we could see overflow and fast-moving waters,” said Frank Corbett, deputy premier and acting Minister of Emergency Management. “The safest thing to do is to stay away from the banks. It can quickly become dangerous to take part in activities near swollen rivers and streams.” The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth has declared a local state of emergency to respond to rising water levels that may exceed the capacity of Raynard’s Lake. Nova Scotia Power is working to help limit rising water levels. Declaring a state of emergency empowers Yarmouth EMO to evacuate residents of the seven households below the lake as a precautionary measure. Downstream of Raynard’s Lake, Yarmouth EMO and Nova Scotia Power continue to closely monitor water levels at Lake Vaughan, which Nova Scotia Power lowered in preparation for the severe rains. Waterways that look calm and safe one moment can quickly become dangerous as water levels and flows change, often without warning. Moving water only six inches (15 centimetres) deep can cause people to be swept off their feet. Quickly rising water levels can leave people stranded on pieces of land within rivers. People are urged to wait until conditions are safe to retrieve boats that are forced into the water or are surrounded by debris. The Emergency Management Office is working closely with municipalities to ensure that any needed provincial support is quickly and effectively provided.