A low pressure system is moving through Southern Ontario, bringing significant amounts of precipitation into the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Environment Canada forecasts that the rain will arrive Saturday and continue through to Sunday afternoon and may be heavy at times. Rainfall accumulations of 30mm to 50mm are forecasted over the weekend in our watershed. There is also a risk of thunderstorms that may bring higher rainfall amounts in localized areas.
For the most part, watercourses in the watershed have returned to near normal conditions after heavy precipitation early in the week. However, ground conditions remain saturated and are likely to contribute increased runoff resulting from the forecast rain event. Should forecast precipitation materialize, local flooding of low lying areas can be expected.
The forecasted rainfall will result in higher flows in all rivers and streams, resulting in dangerous flow conditions. All watercourses in our area will experience higher than normal water levels. As a result, local streams will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts of bridges. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.
This Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, June 29, 2015.
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 or ice jams, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.
Iryna Shulyarenko Rob Messervey
Hydrologist Chief Administrative Officer
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.