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Thursday, 24 March 2016 13:48

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT- WATER SAFETY

DATE: March 24, 2016
TIME: 12:00 p.m.

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
• Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
• Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
• Environment Canada
• Trent-Severn Waterway


A complex weather system is moving through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Environment Canada is predicting a range of precipitation, including ice pellets, freezing and rain for the next 36 hours, with total amount of precipitation up to 25 mm.

Currently, local rivers and streams are experiencing elevated levels and flows due to recent precipitation events. With the ground surface throughout the watershed being either saturated or partly frozen, its ability to absorb additional runoff is limited. In these circumstances, the forecasted rainfall in combination with melting of accumulated snow and ice will produce additional runoff. As a result, water levels in watercourses within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are expected to increase moderately. Accumulation of water in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage will likely occur.

While no flooding is anticipated at this time, local watercourses will flow at higher than usual water levels and velocities; riverbanks will be very slippery and unsafe. As a result, all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials monitor water levels of large Kawartha Lakes closely and undertake dam stop logging operations as required.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Bancroft District, oversees the flood forecasting and warning operations for the Burnt and Gull River watersheds north of the Kawartha Lakes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through Saturday, March 26th. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities of any changes. If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.