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Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake continue experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 13, 2017     
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake continue experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been elevated 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 the north. Substantial runoff from recent precipitation as well as the melting of remnant snow cover in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, had been contributing to the higher flows.

Partner agencies report that the snow cover at the upper reaches of the Burnt and Gull rivers has now melted. As a result flows in northern tributaries are decreasing.  No significant precipitation is forecast for the next 5 days. Under these circumstances it is expected that water levels in Kawartha Lakes within Kawartha Conservation watershed will start declining in next few days.

While lake water levels are elevated, no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction at this time. However, shorelines and banks are saturated, and may be slippery and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes and other water courses.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing 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 the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighbouring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  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                                                                         Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                                   Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages

Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

DATE:    April 10, 2017     
TIME:    2:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Kawartha Conservation is advising local residents that the large Kawartha Lakes, specifically Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon lakes and Pigeon Lake are experiencing elevated water levels as a large amount of water moves through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been increasing 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 the north. Significant runoff from the precipitation that fell last week, as well as the melting of remnant of snow cover still present in the headwaters of these northern tributaries, contributes to the higher flows.

While no flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, lake water levels are expected to remain elevated. Shorelines and banks are saturated, and may slippery, and undercut. Kawartha Conservation is asking all residents, especially children, to use caution around the lakes.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are assessing 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 the other northern tributaries.
Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response including Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Thursday, April 13, 2017.  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                                                                         Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                                  Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

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.

DATE:    April 6, 2017       
TIME:    1:00 pm               

Message sent on the basis of information received from:
•    Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
•    Environment Canada
•    Ministry of Natural Resources - Surface Water Monitoring Centre
•    Trent-Severn Waterway
 
Another intense low-pressure system is tracking throughout southern Ontario, bringing rain, heavy at times. Rain is expected to continue all day with total rainfall amounts of 25 to 35 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are elevated in response to precipitation received on Tuesday. As the soil is saturated, forecast rain will produce additional runoff that will further increase water levels and flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction, water accumulation will be occurring in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and stream may exceed their bankfull levels. All local watercourses will run fast and high and 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. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, snowpack remnants are still observed at the upper portions of the Burnt and Gull River basins. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt will be significant. As a result, water levels at the large Kawartha Lakes are expected to increase over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry monitor water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers and provide flood messages for those areas.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.


Kawartha Conservation is in regular communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Monday, April 10, 2017.  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                                                          Dave Pridham                    

Hydrologist                                                                   Manager, Environmental & Technical Services

Published in Flood Messages


WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY

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.

DATE:    April 3, 2017    
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
 
Environment Canada is forecasting a low-pressure system to move into southern Ontario, including Kawartha Conservation watershed, this evening.  Rain is expected to continue overnight with total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm, before leaving the region by Tuesday afternoon. Another low pressure will progress into southern Ontario for Wednesday and Thursday, bringing more rain, up 20-30 mm.

Water levels and flows in local watercourses within Kawartha Conservation watershed are normal for this time of the year. Ground conditions are moderately saturated as a result of precipitation received last week. It is expected that forecast rain will produce moderate runoff that will result in higher and faster flows in local rivers and streams. While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, water accumulation may occur in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. All local watercourses 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. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

As it is reported by the partner agencies, the upper portions of the Kawartha Lakes watershed (i.e. Burnt and Gull River basins) have significant snowpack remaining, with snow-water equivalents up to 100 mm. With warm temperatures, combined runoff from rainfall and snowmelt could be significant. Water levels are expected to rise within the Kawartha Lakes over the next few days as the lakes receive input from those northern tributaries.  

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring this current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as per their water level management strategy. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry are monitoring water levels of Burnt and Gull Rivers.

Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for minor flooding and be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. As local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies, residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop.

Kawartha Conservation stays in close communication with all partners involved in flood forecasting, warning and response such as Trent-Sever Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources, neighboring Conservation Authorities and member-municipalities. We will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within our watershed jurisdiction of any changes.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect until Friday, April 7, 2017.  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                Dave Pridham         

Hydrologist                         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