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Sunday, 27 March 2016 15:15

Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook

DATE:    March 27, 2016

TIME:    3:00 pm              

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 system carrying significant amounts of rainfall is forecast to move into southern Ontario this evening. Current weather forecast suggests that 25mm to 50mm of rain may fall across south and central Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, over the next 24 hours.

Water Levels in local  rivers and streams are elevated as a result of recent precipitation. Some remnants of hard, icy  snow are evident in shady areas throughout the watershed. The ground is saturated or partly frozen, with limited capacity to absorb additional precipitation.

Should the forecast rainfall materialize, it may produce substantial runoff, generating higher and faster flows in all our rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated, water accumulation may occur in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. All local watercourses should be considered extremely dangerous.

Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Trent-Severn waterway official are monitoring this current situation closely and will be adjusting dam settings when the situation warrants. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. Residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

This Flood Outlook Statement-Flood Outlook will be in effect until Tuesday, March 29, 2015.  Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction 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.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                         Dave Pridham                   

Hydrologist                                                                     Manager, Technical and Stewardship Services