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Friday, 29 March 2019 13:27

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY

A strong low-pressure system is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes on Saturday bringing periods of rain for southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed. Up to 25-30 mm of rain is expected across the watershed jurisdiction, before the system moves out of the region by Sunday morning.

Water SafetyWATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY

DATE:                   March 29, 2019
TIME:                   1:30 p.m.

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Environment Canada
•    Trent Severn  Waterway

A strong low-pressure system is expected to track just south of the Lower Great Lakes on Saturday bringing periods of rain for southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed. Up to 25-30 mm of rain is expected across the watershed jurisdiction, before the system moves out of the region by Sunday morning.

Water levels and flows in local streams are slightly elevated in response to the ongoing snowmelt. Majority of the snowpack throughout the watershed has melted, however some dense snow remains in the forested and shadowed areas. As ground cover is generally frozen or wet, it has limited capacity to adsorb extra runoff.

Under these circumstances, levels and velocities in local watercourses are expected to increase moderately.  However, no flooding problems are anticipated at this time. In addition, the ice cover on the majority of rivers and streams has been broken, so there in no immediate threat of ice jams.  

Nevertheless, in current watershed conditions all local rivers, streams, ditches and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery, unsafe and could be undercut. Stream currents are strong and temperatures dangerously cold.  Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from 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.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through to midday Monday Apr 2, 2019.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. We are in close communication with partner agencies such as the Trent Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and neighbouring Conservation Authorities as to the current situation. 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                                                           Emma Collyer                                                                                                               
Hydrologist                                                                     Director, Integrated Watershed Management

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.

Last modified on Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:03