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WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - WATER SAFETY

DATE: Apr 18, 2016
TIME: 2:00 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


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

Kawartha Conservation advises that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety is now in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon lakes. This Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety replaces the Flood Watch that was issued on April 4th, 2016.

Water levels in the lakes continue declining gradually. The following changes in lake water levels have been observed:
• Balsam Lake has declined by 9 cm from its highest level recorded on Apr 11
• Cameron Lake has declined by 35 cm from the peak level observed on Apr 4
• Sturgeon Lake has declined by 6 cm from the peak level recorded on Apr 6
• Pigeon Lake has declined by 20 cm from the peak level observed on Apr 10

Environment Canada continues forecasting dry and warm weather for southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed. These conditions will further support the declining trends observed in the Kawartha Lakes.

As lake water levels do remain elevated, banks may be saturated, slippery, and undercut. 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.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials monitor and assess the waterway conditions on an ongoing basis. Their staff undertake flow adjustments at the water control structures as situation requires.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Water Conditions Statement – Water Safety will be in effect until Friday, April 22th, 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Environmental & Technical Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Friday, 15 April 2016 12:03

Flood Watch- April 15th Update

FLOOD WATCH – UPDATE

DATE: April 15, 2016
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
• Trent-Severn Waterway
• Environment Canada


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch continues for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

The lakes water levels remain high as a large volume of water continues its passage through the Trent River system. All lakes are above their full navigation levels.

The current water levels, conditions, and trends are as follows:

• The water level in Balsam Lake has dropped slightly as the Gull River, the lake’s major northern tributary, demonstrates some decline in flow and water levels. This slow declining trend is expected to continue.
• Cameron Lake’s water level has started to decrease very gradually. Trent Severn Waterway officials report that the flow at the Fenelon Falls dam will remain reduced in order to relieve high water levels on Sturgeon Lake.
• Water levels of Sturgeon Lake are up by 3-4 cm.
• Pigeon Lake level has continued decreasing, with the expectation that this slow water level decline will continue.

The weather forecast calls for dry and warm weather over the weekend. These conditions are expected to further support the declining trends observed in the Kawartha Lakes.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials will continue to monitor and assess waterway conditions on an ongoing basis. Their staff adjusts flows through water control structures to manage what is still a significant volume of water as it works its way down the system of reservoir lakes and rivers.

Shoreline residents continue to be 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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

As lake water levels remain elevated, banks may be saturated, slippery, and undercut. 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.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch – Update will be in effect until Monday, April 18th, 2016. 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, Hydrologist 
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services Hydrologist


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:26

Flood Watch- April 13th Update

FLOOD WATCH – UPDATE

DATE: April 13, 2016
TIME: 2:00 pm

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


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch continues for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake.

The lakes water levels remain high as a large volume of water continues its passage through the Trent River system. All lakes are above their full navigation levels. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

The current water levels conditions and trends are as following:

• The water level in Balsam Lake has stabilised. Capacity of the dam in Rosedale was increased, however, the Gull River, the lake’s major northern tributary, continues running at high flows. No significant changes in Balsam Lake water levels are anticipated.

• Responding to the increased flow from the Rosedale dam, Cameron Lake’s water level has increased slightly, but less than 5 cm. No significant changes in water level of the lake are anticipated.

• Water levels of Sturgeon Lake have risen by 7 cm since Monday. A very slow increase (up to 5 cm) may be expected for the next couple of days as flow at the Bobcaygeon dam will be further reduced to relieve high water levels on Pigeon Lake.

• Pigeon Lake has demonstrated a water level decrease in 4 cm over the last 48 hours. It is anticipated that slow declining trend lake will continue.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials report some flow reduction at the Bobcaygeon dam is the only dam setting operation planned for today in our area. Settings of dams in Rosedale, Fenelon Fall and Buckhorn will not be changed.

Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis and undertakes dam operations as required. As they do so, lake water levels will continue fluctuating.

Shoreline residents continue to be 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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch – Update will be in effect until Friday, April 15th, 2016. 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, Hyrdologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Monday, 11 April 2016 14:37

Flood Watch- April 11th Update

FLOOD WATCH – UPDATE

DATE: April 11, 2016
TIME: 2:00 pm

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


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.
The following changes in water levels have been observed since Friday:

• The water level in Balsam Lake has continued rising very gradually (up to 2.5 cm/day) as the Gull River, this lake’s major northern tributary, continues running at high flows. A similar increase may be expected for the next 24 hours as the Gull River continues to demonstrate elevated flows.

• Water levels of Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lake are still elevated but are expected to be stable for the next 24 hours. No significant changes are anticipated.

As Trent-Severn Waterway officials report, no dam setting operations are planned for today.

Moderate amounts of snow and rain were recorded since yesterday as a low-pressure system moved over the southern Ontario. Runoff from the received precipitation is not expected to affect water level trends in lakes now being observed. The weather forecast for the next 5 days predicts no additional precipitation and warm temperatures.

The TSW continues dam operations to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system as required. As they do so, lake water levels will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch – Update will be in effect until Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham,  Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Friday, 08 April 2016 13:28

Flood Watch- April 8th Update

FLOOD WATCH – UPDATE

DATE: April 8, 2016
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
• Trent-Severn Waterway


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

Watershed conditions are stabilizing somewhat, including a decreased flow from the northern tributaries such as the Burnt and Gull rivers. Below freezing and drier weather are helping stabilize the water level situation on the large Kawartha Lakes. The following changes have been observed this morning:

• A slight water level increase of 3 cm was recorded on Balsam Lake. To mitigate this increase and stabilize the lake’s water level, the TSW officials are planning to open the Rosedale dam to Cameron Lake. Additional flow will continue to be directed to the Talbot River watershed and into Lake Simcoe.

• Cameron Lake continues its decline and is below its full navigation level as of this morning. TWS officials report the flow at the Fenelon Fall dam will be further reduced today that is not expected to affect the current declining trend.

• Sturgeon Lake’s water level decreased another 6 cm since yesterday and is forecast to continue its decline. Flow through the dam in Bobcaygeon will be further reduced to mitigate high water levels on Pigeon Lake.

• As predicted, Pigeon Lake water levels have increased by 2 cm since yesterday. The Tent-Severn Waterway officials do not anticipate any further water level increase for Pigeon Lake for next 48 hours.

The TSW is continuing dam operations to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system. As they do so, lake water levels will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch – Update will be in effect until Monday, April 11th, 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Thursday, 07 April 2016 13:22

Flood Watch- April 7th Update

FLOOD WATCH

DATE: April 7, 2016

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
• Trent-Severn Waterway


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

The following changes have been observed this morning:

• A moderate increase of 6 cm was recorded for the water level of Balsam Lake. The lake is 13 cm above its full navigation level. No stop-logging operations at the Rosedale dam are planned for today by the Trent-Severn Waterway. Some flow continues to be directed to the Talbot River watershed and into Lake Simcoe. With the Gull River still bringing substantial flow from the north, a moderate water level increase up to 5 cm may be expected for the next 24 hours.

• Cameron Lake has declined another 15 cm since yesterday and now is at its full navigation level. Inflow from the Burnt River continues decreasing as the river’s water level drops. TWS officials report the flow at the Fenelon Fall dam will be slightly reduced today. However, it is anticipated that lake will continue declining.

• Sturgeon Lake’s water level has demonstrated a moderate decrease of about 6 cm since yesterday and is ~29 cm above its full navigation level as of this morning. The lake is expected to continue the slow declining trend. Flow through the dam in Bobcaygeon will be slightly reduced to mitigate high water levels on Pigeon Lake.

• Pigeon Lake levels have increased by 6 cm since yesterday and are now about 30 cm above the full navigation level. It is forecast that the lake water levels will continue to rise moderately. An increase of 5-6 cm can be expected over the next 24 hours. Flows through the Buckhorn dam will be further increased today.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials continue their stop logging operations in order to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system. As they do so, water levels at lakes will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

Flood forecasting services for areas such as the Burnt and Gull River watersheds (north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) which fall outside of Kawartha Conservation’s jurisdiction, are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District. Current flood information and contacts can be found on their website here: https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/flood-forecasting-and-warning-program or by calling their office at: 705-286-5207.

Local municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies. For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch – Update will be in effect until April 8th, 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Published in Flood Messages
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 13:46

Flood Watch- April 6th Update

FLOOD WATCH - UPDATE

DATE: April 6, 2016
TIME: 1:00 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
• Trent-Severn Waterway


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

The following changes have been observed:

• No significant fluctuations in water level of Balsam Lake have occurred. As the flow from the dam in Rosedale will be reduced further and some flow directed to the Talbot river watershed the lake is expected to remain stable over the next 24 hours.

• Water level of Cameron Lake has declined about 15 cm since Tuesday and it is anticipated that lake will continue its drop. 

• Sturgeon Lake’s water level has demonstrated decrease about 6 cm since yesterday and continues to be about ~35 cm above its Full Navigation Level. Lake is expected to continue the slow declining trend.

• Pigeon Lake levels have increased by 15 cm since yesterday and are now about 25 cm above the Full navigation level. Rise of additional 10-12 cm is predicted by the Trent Severn Waterway officials. Flow through the Buckhorn dam will be increased to relieve some pressure on the lake. 

Trent-Severn Waterway officials continue its stop logging operations in order to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system. As they do so, water levels at lakes will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch-Update will be in effect until Friday, April 8th 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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. 

Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds (the area north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

Published in Flood Messages
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 13:56

Flood Watch - Update

FLOOD WATCH - Update

DATE: April 5, 2016
TIME: 1:30 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
• Trent-Severn Waterway


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials continue to adjust dam flows in order to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system. As they do so, water levels at lakes will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

The following conditions have been observed:

• Balsam Lake is above the Full Navigation Level (FNL) and stable. The flow from the dam in Rosedale is reduced with additional flow directed to Lake Simcoe via the Talbot river watershed through the Trent Canal to relieve pressure on the Kawartha Lakes system. As inflow from the Gull River, the major tributary of Cameron Lake, decreases, the lake is expected to remain stable over the next 24 hours.

• Water level of Cameron Lake has declined 7 cm since Tuesday but continue to be ~35 cm above the full navigation level. As inflow from the Balsam Lake is reduced and the Burnt River continues to decline, it is anticipated that Cameron Lake will continue its very slow decline.

• Sturgeon Lake is about 40 cm above its Full Navigation Level, although has receded about 4 cm since yesterday. As dams in Bobcaygeon, including the Little Bob Channel dam, are wide open and inflow from the Cameron Lake is reduced, it is expected that water level in Sturgeon Lake will continue declining slowly.

• As the flow from Sturgeon Lake is increased at Bobcaygeon, Pigeon Lake levels have increased by 12 cm since yesterday and are now about 12 cm above the FNL. TSW officials forecast that Pigeon and Buckhorn Lake water levels will continue increasing as they absorb the high volume produced by the northern tributaries, those being primarily the Gull and Burnt rivers.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch-Update will be in effect until Thursday, April 7th 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds (the area north of Cameron and Balsam lakes) are provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

Published in Flood Messages
Monday, 04 April 2016 15:25

FLOOD WATCH

FLOOD WATCH

DATE: Apr 4, 2016
TIME: 3:00 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
• Trent-Severn Waterway


Affected municipalities:
• City of Kawartha Lakes
• Municipality of Trent Lakes

A Flood Watch is now in effect for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. 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.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been steadily rising over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from lakes from the north.

High runoff from the precipitation that fell across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, as well as northern watersheds last week, are contributing to the higher flows. It may take up to 5 to 7 days for the flood water to pass through Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon lakes. High lake levels combined with even moderate winds could impact the stability of shoreline infrastructure.

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 municipalities are the first to respond to, and assist with, flood emergencies.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are reassessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and other northern tributaries. Some flow from Balsam Lake is being diverted to the Talbot River watershed in order to reduce the pressure on the Kawartha Lakes system.

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 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

For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain sandbags, please call your municipal emergency contact (see http://kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/flood-forecasting).

This Flood Watch will be in effect until Wednesday, April 6th 2016. 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, Hydrologist
Dave Pridham, Manager, Technical & Stewardship Services


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.

Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds is provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

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