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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 08:56

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY


WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

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.

DATE:    April 3, 2017    
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
 
Environment Canada is forecasting a low-pressure system to move into southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed, this evening.  Rain is expected to continue overnight with total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm, before leaving the region by Tuesday afternoon. Another low pressure will progress into southern Ontario for Wednesday and Thursday, bringing more rain, up 20-30 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are normal for this time of the year. Ground conditions are moderately saturated as a result of precipitation received last week. It is expected that forecast rain will produce moderate runoff that will result in higher and faster flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, 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.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, the upper portions of the Kawartha Lakes watershed (i.e. Burnt and Gull River basins) have significant snowpack remaining, with snow-water equivalents up to 100 mm. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt could be significant. Water levels are expected to rise within the Kawartha Lakes over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring this current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. 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. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.

Kawartha Conservation stays in close communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Friday, April 7, 2017.  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, Environmental & Technical Services


Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety.  Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety may be issued when streams are flowing at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.