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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:08

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Sturgeon, Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.

The large Kawartha Lakes are experiencing water levels that are higher than normal for this time of year resulting from the weather system that passed through Ontario last weekend.

As higher winds are forecast for southern Ontario for Thursday, the ice cover, where it exists, may break, become mobile and damage shoreline properties. Shoreline property owners should secure and protect where possible their belongings.

 


flood watersafetyWATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA LAKES
DATE:    Jan 15, 2020
TIME:    4:30 pm             

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

• Trent-Severn Waterway
• Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
• Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Affected Municipalities:

• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes
• Township of Scugog
 
A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is in effect for the shoreline areas of Sturgeon, Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.

The large Kawartha Lakes are experiencing water levels that are higher than normal for this time of year. This situation is a result of the large amount of precipitation, including up to 60 mm of rain that fell in our region on Jan 10-11.

While local watercourses have peaked and declined substantially, the large lakes are still responding to the runoff generated.
Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes and Lake Scugog continue to rise as large amounts of water pass thought the system towards Lake Ontario. Water levels of Balsam and Cameron Lakes have stabilized at this time.

As higher winds are forecast for southern Ontario for Thursday, the ice cover, where it exists, may break, become mobile and damage shoreline properties. Shoreline property owners should secure and protect where possible their belongings. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, slippery and may be undercut. All near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is weak and unstable. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and flows 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 this situation.
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.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Monday, January 20th, 2020. 

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, 16 January 2020 09:35