A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction. This message replaces the Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety issued yesterday, April 24th 2019. An additional 25-35 mm of rain is in forecast. As a result of the increased runoff, the water levels and velocities in local rivers and streams will increase once again. Kawartha Conservation asks to exercise extreme caution around all watercourses. For assistance in the event of a flood, contact your municipality.
DATE: April 25, 2019
TIME: 4:00 pm
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 FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction. This message replaces the Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety issued yesterday, April 24th 2019.
An additional 25-35 mm of rain is forecast for southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed for Friday, Apr. 26th.
Water Levels in local rivers and streams are still elevated in response to the recent precipitation; ground throughout the watershed is wet. As a result, the forecasted precipitation will produce significant runoff. Responding to the increased runoff, the water levels and velocities in local rivers and streams will increase once again. In some locations watercourses may exceed their bankfull conditions and spill onto floodplains. Smaller streams are responding faster, while it takes longer for larger watercourses to react.
Under current watershed conditions all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks and shorelines will be slippery and unsafe, and may be undercut. 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.
Water Levels in the large Kawartha Lakes are still elevated. For more information please refer to the Flood Warning-Kawartha Lakes-Update, issued today, Apr 25th 2019.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and make adjustments to the water control structures as required. Additional information from the TSW is available at the Water Management InfoNet web page https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet .
Northern tributaries, such as the Gull and Burnt rivers are flowing at exceptionally high levels. For additional information on the Gull and Burnt rivers conditions please refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or contact the Minden Area office at 705-286-5207.
Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for 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.
For assistance in the event of a flood, and sandbag requests, please contact your municipality.
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 on this situation.
This Flood Warning will be in effect until Monday, April 29th, 2019. 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 Emma Collyer
Hydrologist Director, Integrated Watershed Management
A Flood Watch is a notice that flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities.
Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare. Responses to flood events are handled by Municipal emergency services.