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Monday, 15 May 2017 13:15

FLOOD WARNING – KAWARTHA LAKES – CANCELLED: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES

A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes is CANCELLED.  A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in affect now for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

DATE:    May 15, 2017
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Environment Canada

Affected Municipalities:

•    City of Kawartha Lakes
•    Municipality of Trent Lakes

A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes is CANCELLED.  A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in affect now for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.
Water levels in all Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed have continued declining over the weekend at a slow rate. The Gull River system has peaked and is decreasing slowly, but still flowing at very high levels.
The Trent Severn Waterway officials are reassessing the situation on a daily basis and will continue to adjust dams to accommodate the large amount of water that is moving through the Trent River system.
With no significant precipitation forecast for the region for the next 5 days, the lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed will continue their decreasing trend.
As water levels with the Kawartha Lakes are still high, all near shore areas 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. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery and undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.
Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden office at 705-286-5207 or refer to the City of Kawartha Lakes website below for additional information:   www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information .
For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).
The Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Friday, May 19th 2017.  Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions 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, Environmental and 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.
Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

Emergency Contacts

For assistance in the event of a flood, call your municipal emergency contact.
Municipal emergency contacts

City of Kawartha Lakes, Fire and Rescue Department
705.324.5731
After hours: 1.877.885.7337

Regional Municipality of Durham, Emergency Management Office
905.430.2792

Township of Scugog, Fire Department
905.985.2384

Township of Brock
705.432.2355
After hours: 1.877.559.4887

Township of Cavan Monaghan, Fire Chief/Protective Service
705.932.9342

Municipality of Trent Lakes
705.738.3800 or 1.800.374.4009

Municipality of Clarington, Emergency Dispatch Centre
905.623.5126

Minden Area office (contact for Burnt and Gull River residents)
705.286.1521
Primary flood contact, Kris Windover, 705.286.5207
To report flooding to Kawartha Conservation, please contact:

Iryna Shulyarenko
Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 219
After-hours: 705.344.0155

Alternate Contact
Dave Pridham
Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 221
After-hours: 705.344.0142