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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.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:10

FLOOD WARNING CANCELLED

A FLOOD WARNING is cancelled for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

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 slippery and may be undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

FLOOD WARNING – CANCELLED

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

 

DATE:    January 12, 2020
TIME:    6:00pm

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

• Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
• Field observations
• Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
• Environment and Climate Change Canada

A FLOOD WARNING is cancelled for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

A WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY is now in effect.

As our ground observations have confirmed, the high water situation in local rivers and streams is rapidly improving now, as the low-pressure system has moved out of the region. No additional rain is expected in the nea future and air temperature will remain below freezing mark. In these conditions local watercourses will sustain a further decline in water levels and flows. No imminent risk of flooding exists at this time.

While flooding is not expected, local watercourses are still extremally dangerous. Flows and stream velocities remain elevated; ice cover where it exists is weak and unstable. 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 slippery and may be undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

This Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety will be in effect through Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2020. 
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.

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.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:48

FLOOD WARNING

A Flood Warning is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Very high water levels are being reported throughout the watershed jurisdiction.
Record-breaking amounts of precipitation have been recorded within the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Almost 80 mm of total precipitation, including rain, freezing rain, ice pallets and snow, was observed in Port Perry over the last 36 hours. At the Indian Point Provincial Park monitoring location 67.5 mm was recorded. Out of those amounts, 57-62 mm has fallen as rain.

flood floodwarningDATE: January 12, 2020
TIME: 8:00 am

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

A Flood Warning is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Very high water levels are being reported throughout the watershed jurisdiction.
Record-breaking amounts of precipitation have been recorded within the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Almost 80 mm of total precipitation, including rain, freezing rain, ice pallets and snow, was observed in Port Perry over the last 36 hours. At the Indian Point Provincial Park monitoring location 67.5 mm was recorded. Out of those amounts, 57-62 mm has fallen as rain.

A major amount of runoff from the rain and melted snowpack was produced. As a result, water levels in local rivers and creeks have increased rapidly and are currently running exceptionally high and fast. However, no further increases are anticipated as precipitation has moved out of the region and the air temperature remains below freezing mark. Furthermore, data shows that water levels at all monitoring location (Mariposa Brook, Pigeon River, Blackstock Creek and Nonquon River) have started declining slowly.

All local watercourses, ditches and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe; ice cover where it exists is unstable and hazardous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from rivers and lakes, 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.
Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should be on alert. Regular inspection and removal of debris at culverts and drainage inlets is recommended.

Kawartha Conservation will continue to monitor the developing situation closely, and will 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.

This Flood Warning will be in effect until Monday, January 13th, 2020.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                                                Emma Collyer
Hydrologist                                                                                                          Director, Integrated Watershed Management

Note: A Flood is a notice that flooding which could be damaging to human lives or property is imminent or occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

A strong and messy system is moving through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Light rain is expected to develop later today in our region and is forecast to become heavy early Saturday morning. The rain is expected to change into freezing rain when temperatures drop below the freezing mark on Saturday afternoon. Several hours of freezing rain may occur until temperatures climb to above freezing again on Sunday. Substantial amounts of precipitation, up to 60 mm, is predicted for the next 48 hours.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK

DATE:                   January 10, 2020
TIME:                   9:30 am

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

A strong and messy system is moving through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Light rain is expected to develop later today in our region and is forecast to become heavy early Saturday morning. The rain is expected to change into freezing rain when temperatures drop below the freezing mark on Saturday afternoon. Several hours of freezing rain may occur until temperatures climb to above freezing again on Sunday. Substantial amounts of precipitation, up to 60 mm, is predicted for the next 48 hours.

A significant runoff is expected to develop under these circumstances. The existing snowpack will melt in the mild temperatures, adding to the runoff from the rain. Ground across the watershed is mostly frozen and has no capacity to absorb the precipitation or runoff.

Under current watershed conditions and expected precipitation, water levels and velocities in local rivers and creeks will increase. No flooding problems are anticipated at this moment, however water accumulation will occur in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and streams may reach or overflow their banks in some locations. Smaller steams will react quickly, but larger watercourses will take longer to respond.

All local watercourses, ditches and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe; ice cover where it exists may become unstable and hazardous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from rivers and lakes, 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.

Kawartha Conservation will continue to monitor the developing situation closely, and will 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.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Flood Outlook will be in effect until Monday, January 13th, 2020.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Emma Collyer
Hydrologist                                                                                   Director, Integrated Watershed Management

Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is an early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

A FLOOD WATCH for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes is CANCELLED effective immediately.  Watershed conditions status has return to NORMAL.

DATE:    May 22, 2019
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes

A FLOOD WATCH for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes is CANCELLED effective immediately.  Watershed conditions status has return to NORMAL.

Water levels in all Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed have continued declining over the last week. All lakes are currently at or slightly above their full navigation levels.

The Trent Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels closely and continue to adjust dams in order to prepare the system for public navigation.

Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to always be safe around 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.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions 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.

Iryna Shulyarenko                                                                         Emma Collyer     
Hydrologist                                                                                   Director, Integrated Watershed Management

A FLOOD WATCH continues for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

The water levels of the large Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have been stable or continued their very slow decline over the last 4 days.

FLOOD WATCH – KAWARTHA LAKES – Update
DATE:    May 14, 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 WATCH continues for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

The water levels of the large Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have been stable or continued their very slow decline over the last 4 days.

Minor water level fluctuations are being observed, but a steady downward trend is expected to continue. All lakes are still above full level conditions.

The slow rate of decline is due to the significant amount of precipitation observed across the region. Almost a monthly amount of rain has been recorded throughout the watershed in just two weeks of May.

Under these circumstances, all waterbodies 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.

TSW continues to reassess the situation on a daily basis and adjust flow through the water control structures as conditions require.

Shoreline residents are advised to continue monitoring their properties and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding exists. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

Municipalities are advised to continue monitoring shoreline areas and be prepared to respond to high water emergencies if they occur.

Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction are flowing at slightly elevated levels responding to the precipitation received. However, no flood risk is observed at this time.

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 .  Residents can also call the TSW information line at 705-750-4064.

For assistance in the event of a flood, or to obtain information about 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 Tuesday, May 21st 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 Watch is a notice that flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare. Responses to flood events are handled by Municipal emergency services.

Friday, 10 May 2019 15:17

FLOOD WATCH – KAWARTHA LAKES

A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.
A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction has been lifted. 

DATE:    May 10, 2019
TIME:    3:00 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 WATCH is now in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction has been lifted.  

The lake water levels have continued declining.  Minor fluctuations may be observed, but a steady downward trend is expected for the weekend.

However, all lakes are still above full level conditions and 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.

TSW continues to reassess the situation on a daily basis and adjust flow through the water control structures as conditions require.

Shoreline residents are advised to continue monitoring their properties and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding exists. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

Municipalities are advised to continue monitoring shoreline areas and be prepared to respond to high water emergencies if they occur.
Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction are flowing at slightly elevated levels responding to the rain received over the last 24 hours. However, no low risk is observed at this time. 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 .  Residents can also call the TSW information line at 705-750-4064.

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, Tuesday May 14th 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 Watch is a notice that flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare. Responses to flood events are handled by Municipal emergency services.

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.

DATE:    May 6, 2019

TIME:    2:00 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 place 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 has been extended for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

Despite some decline in water levels over the past weekend and steady reduction of inflows from the northern tributaries, the water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes remain exceptionally high. All lakes are still above full level conditions. TSW continues to balance water levels across the entire system.

  • As was forecast, Balsam and Cameron lakes have remained stable over the weekend. They are expected to remain stable or resume their declining trend during this week.
  • Sturgeon Lake has been declining gradually.
  • The Tri-Lakes system, including Pigeon Lake, has continued receding slowly; by ~7 cm over the weekend. 
  • Both Sturgeon and Pigeon are expected to continue their downward trend.

Lake Scugog is also above its full level and is forecast to remain at a high but stable water level.

Trent Severn Waterways is reassessing the situation on a daily basis and are adjusting the flows through water control structures as the situation warrants.

Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction continue to flow higher and faster than normal for this time of the year, responding to the series of precipitation events that have been observed recently. However, no flooding problems within and around local rivers and streams are anticipated at this time.

Under these circumstances, all local watercourses and waterbodies should be considered extremely 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. 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.

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 .

Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden Area office at 705-286-5207 or refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program .

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 Wednesday, May 8th 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.

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.

WATERSHED CONDITION STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY – KAWARTHA CONSERVATION WATERSHED

DATE:    May 3, 2019
TIME:    4:00 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 place 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 has been extended for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes remain exceptionally high; all lakes are above full level conditions.  Further steady reductions in water levels and flows of the northern tributaries, including the Burnt and Gull rivers have been reported by the MNRF. TSW continues to balance water levels across the entire system.

  • Balsam and Cameron lakes have remained at the same level since yesterday and are expected to maintain their levels or continue a downward trend over the weekend.
  • Sturgeon Lake has stabilized and is anticipated to start declining very gradually.
  • The Tri-Lakes system, including Pigeon Lake, has continued a slight decline, by 2 cm since yesterday morning. The water levels of the Tri-Lakes system are expected to continue declining.

Lake Scugog is also above its full level and is forecast to remain at a high but stable water level.

Trent Severn Waterways is reassessing the situation on a daily basis and are adjusting the flows through water control structures as the situation warrants.

Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction continue to flow higher and faster than normal for this time of the year, responding to the series of precipitation events that have been observed during the last 2 weeks. Up to 100 mm of precipitation has been recorded by gauges across the watershed over that time. However, no flooding problems within and around local rivers and streams are anticipated at this time.  

Under these circumstances, all local watercourses and waterbodies should be considered extremely 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. 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.

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 .

Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden Area office at 705-286-5207 or  refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) at https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program .

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 Monday, May 6th 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.
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.

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