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  • A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.
    The water levels in the Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes are rising due to increased inflows from the northern tributaries, such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

    DATE:    March 31, 2020
    TIME:    4:00 pm              

    Message sent on the basis of information received from:

    • Kawartha Conservation Monitoring Network
    • Trent-Severn Waterway
    • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
      Affected Municipalities:
    • City of Kawartha Lakes
    • Municipality of Trent Lakes
    • Township of Scugog

    A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.
    The water levels in the Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes are rising due to increased inflows from the northern tributaries, such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

    As reported by officials of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, flow in the northern tributaries are increasing in response to the latest precipitation received over the last 2 days and on-going snowmelt. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes is expected to continue rising.

    Water levels in Lake Scugog are moderately elevated. As the snowpack within its watershed has already melted, the water level of Lake Scugog will slow down its rate of increase, as flows from its feeding tributaries are declining.

    Local rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are flowing at normal levels for this time of year.

    No flooding problems are anticipated at this time. However, all near shore areas should be considered dangerous. 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.

    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 and may be slippery and undercut. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is extremally weak and unstable. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

    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.

    Water levels of northern tributaries such as the Gull and Burnt rivers continuing increasing as of this time. For additional information on the Gull and Burnt River conditions please 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 or contact the Minden Area office at 705-286-5207.

    This Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook– Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Friday, April 3rd, 2020. 

    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.

    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

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Flood messages and what they mean

Kawartha Conservation monitors weather information and watershed conditions, including precipitation amounts, river flows, and the snow pack, to predict when floods will occur and how high the water may rise. When flooding is possible, or about to occur, we issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, the media, and post messages here on our website. You can also receive flood messages by email.


Flood Forecast - Normal

Generally indicates that no flood conditions exist. It should be noted that during Normal conditions, the inherent risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.


Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice, or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.


Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook

Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding, or erosion.


Flood Watch

 Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.


Flood Warning

Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.


Emergency Contacts

For assistance in the event of a flood, call your municipal emergency contact.

Municipal emergency contacts

City of Kawartha Lakes, Fire and Rescue Department
705.324.5731
After hours: 1.877.885.7337

Regional Municipality of Durham, Emergency Management Office
905.430.2792

Township of Scugog, Fire Department
905.985.2384

Township of Brock
705.432.2355
After hours: 1.877.559.4887

Township of Cavan Monaghan, Fire Chief/Protective Service
705.932.9342

Municipality of Trent Lakes
705.738.3800 or 1.800.374.4009

Municipality of Clarington, Emergency Dispatch Centre
905.623.5126

Minden Area office (contact for Burnt and Gull River residents)
705.286.1521
Primary flood contact, Kris Windover, 705.286.5207

To report flooding to Kawartha Conservation, please contact:

Iryna Shulyarenko
Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 219
After-hours: 705.344.0155

About the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Conservation authorities, in cooperation with local municipalities and the province, play a significant role in the protection of life and property from natural hazards such as flooding. In Ontario, conservation authorities, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and Environment Canada are responsible for forecasting where and when flooding is likely to occur and issuing appropriate messages.

Advance warning of an impending flood allows municipalities and other government agencies to put emergency response plans into operation, and if necessary, evacuate communities. As well, early notification to the public of developing or ongoing unsafe river and lake conditions allows individuals to take precautions.

To help fulfill our responsibilities, we do the following:

  • Maintain a flood forecasting and warning program to provide member municipalities, agencies, and communities with an opportunity to take the necessary precautions and to have emergency response teams ready when they are needed. This involves predicting flows and water levels within our watershed and issuing flood messages .
  • Support coordinated flood emergency planning. Municipalities are the first responders to flood emergencies. We provide advice to municipalities for the preparation of flood contingency plans and during the emergency response process.
  • Coordinate responses to flooding. At all times, a liaison is maintained between Kawartha Conservation and the designated municipal and provincial flood response coordinators. This liaison may also be involved with declaring a provincial emergency and securing provincial resources.

Related links:

Kawartha Conservation monitoring and flood forecasting network

Our water level monitoring network consists of water level gauges, precipitation gauges, and snow courses. For weather monitoring, we use information from our own gauges, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and other other sources.

Chart of the flood forecast monitoring network

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Be Prepared

Take steps today to protect yourself, and your family or business, in the event of a flood or other emergency. Visit the following pages for more information:

Flood Preparedness Public Forum Presentations - March 7

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