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Friday, 21 November 2014 12:00

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

DATE: Nov 21, 2014

TIME: 12:00 pm

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

As a low pressure system moves into Southern Ontario over the weekend, the Kawartha Conservation watershed will experience warm air and precipitation that includes freezing rain and rain. It is expected that daytime temperatures will reach 4°C on Saturday and up to 10°C on Sunday and Monday, with about 25 mm of rain over the next 3 days. The snow cover measured at Ken Reid Conservation Area is currently 30 cm deep and contains 28 mm of water when melted. Less snow has been measured in the southern part of the Kawartha Conservation watershed.

Based on the latest weather forecast, the existing snow cover will start melting and combine with the rainfall to produce substantial runoff. No flooding is anticipated at this time, as water levels in local rivers and streams are seasonally low and expected to increase only moderately. Road ditches, low-lying areas, and areas with poor drainage may also experience water accumulation. Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes will become fast-flowing and extremely dangerous. Riverbanks will be very slippery and unsafe.

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 Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses 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.

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