DATE: February 2, 2016
TIME: 2:00 p.m
Message sent on the basis of information received from:
· Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Networ
· Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
· Environment Canada
· Trent-Severn Waterway
Environment Canada advises that a complex weather system will move into southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, tonight. Total amount up to15 mm of rain and mixed precipitation is forecast over the next 24 hours. Daytime high temperatures are expected to remain above freezing mark, reaching as high as 9°C tomorrow afternoon. Temperature will drop to below 0°C by Thursday.
At this time local rivers and streams are experiencing elevated levels and flows due to recent precipitation and snowmelt. Our observations show that ground throughout the watershed is partly frozen or saturated. As a result, runoff from the expected precipitation and snowmelt will further increase water levels in watercourses and waterbodies.
While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, water accumulation in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage may occur. Ice cover that has weakened as a result of recent weather conditions, will continue deteriorating and breaking up.
Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are very slippery and unsafe; ice cover, where it exists, may be unstable and very dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all 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 Thursday, February 4th. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities 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.
Director, Watershed Management