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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 11:50

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

Southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, has experienced very wet weather over the last 3 days. Up to 60 mm of precipitation has been recorded by the monitoring gauges within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

DATE:    May 2, 2017       
TIME:    11:00 am

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
 
Southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, has experienced very wet weather over the last 3 days. Up to 60 mm of precipitation has been recorded by the monitoring gauges within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

As a result, water levels and velocities in local rivers and streams have increased substantially. While no flooding has been reported, water accumulation is observed in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Majority of local watercourses have peaked and water levels are currently declining. More rain, up to 5 mm, is forecast by Environment Canada for today. It is expected that rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction will continue declining, at a slow rate.    

Northern tributaries, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, are experiencing high water levels and flow, contributing lots of water into the Kawartha Lakes. It is anticipated that they will continue to rise for the next 24 hours. As a result, water levels in Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes are expected to increase moderately.

Under these circumstances all watercourses and waterbodies within Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction should be considered extremely dangerous. Rivers and streams are running fast and high; river banks and lakes shorelines are saturated, and may be unstable and undercut.     

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 officials are monitoring this current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as required.  They have indicated that additional spillways will be open at the Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay dams to accommodate increased inflow.  

Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and issuing flood messages as necessary.
Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including 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, May 5th, 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                                                                         Mark Majchrowski           
Hydrologist                                                                                   Chief Administrative Officer


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.