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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:17

FLOOD WARNING – KAWARTHA LAKES - Update - May 8

A FLOOD WARNING remains in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.

DATE:    May 8, 2019
TIME:    2:30 pm

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes

A FLOOD WARNING remains in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.

A WATERSHED CONDITION STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction has been cancelled.
As inflows from the northern tributaries continue decreasing, all Kawartha lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are demonstrating slow, but steady water levels decline. All lakes are still above full level conditions.

  • Balsam Lake has receded by 8 cm since it was at its highest level on Apr 24th
  • Cameron Lake has dropped by 26 cm from its peak on Apr 27th.
  • Sturgeon Lake has been declining gradually since May 2nd and dropped by 17 cm.
  • The Tri-Lakes system, including Pigeon Lake, has continued receding and decreased by 20 cm since peaking on Apr 30th.
  • Lake Scugog is above its full level and remains at a high but stable water level.

A downward trend in lakes water level is expected to continue despite another rain system forecast for Thursday, May 9th. TSW continues to reassess the situation on a daily basis and balance water levels across the entire system.

In these circumstances, all water bodies should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from the shoreline areas, as well as water structures such as locks and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, slippery, and may be and undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Municipalities are advised to monitor shoreline areas historically known for flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. Residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.
Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely, and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding develop.

Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have returned to the conditions normal for this time of the year. As a result no flood message is currently in effect for the watershed’s jurisdiction.
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 .

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please contact your local municipality directly.

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 message will be in effect until Friday, May 10th 2019.  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 Warning is a notice issued when flooding is imminent or occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. It is the highest warning level.