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Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:17

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 6, 2017       
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Another intense low-pressure system is tracking throughout southern Ontario, bringing rain, heavy at times. Rain is expected to continue all day with total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are elevated in response to precipitation received on Tuesday. As the soil is saturated, forecast rain will produce additional runoff that will further increase water levels and flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, water accumulation will be occurring in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and stream may exceed their bankfull levels. All local watercourses will run fast and high and 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, snowpack remnants are still observed at the upper portions of the Burnt and Gull River basins. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt will be significant. As a result, water levels at the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to increase over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the 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 monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

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 is in regular 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 Monday, April 10, 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