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Friday, 18 March 2016 16:03

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT- WATER SAFETY

DATE: 18 March, 2016
TIME: 2:30 p.m.

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
• Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
• Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
• Environment Canada
• Trent-Severn Waterway


This message is an update of yesterday’s Watershed Conditions Statement. Although the Kawartha Lakes water levels are well within seasonal norms, levels remain high on the Burnt and Gull Rivers. Environment Canada predicts a cooling trend over the next several days, with daytime highs of 0⁰ to 1⁰ C, and night time temperatures ranging from -3⁰ to -12⁰ C. Little or no precipitation is forecast over the weekend to Tuesday. This weather forecast should result in stabilizing the runoff and reducing inflows to these river systems over the next 48-72 hours.

Burnt and Gull River levels will be monitored over the weekend by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Parks Canada. Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden office at 705-286-5207 or 705-457-6434 (cell), or refer to the City of Kawartha Lakes website below for additional information:

www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information

With spring conditions over the last couple of weeks, most of the snowpack within the southern portion of the Kawartha Conservation watershed has melted and ice cover on local watercourses and lakes is breaking up. Water levels in local watercourses have increased in response to the runoff received over the last three or four days, with no flooding reported, and rivers and streams staying within their banks. Water accumulation in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage has occurred.

Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes remain extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe, and remaining ice cover should be considered unstable and hazardous. 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 Monday, March 21, 2016.

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.