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.
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.
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.
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.
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
For assistance in the event of a flood, call your municipal emergency contact.
Municipal emergency contacts
City of Kawartha Lakes, Fire and Rescue Department
After hours: 1.877.885.7337
Regional Municipality of Durham, Emergency Management Office
Township of Scugog, Fire Department
Township of Brock
After hours: 1.877.559.4887
Township of Cavan Monaghan, Fire Chief/Protective Service
Municipality of Trent Lakes
705.738.3800 or 1.800.374.4009
Municipality of Clarington, Emergency Dispatch Centre
Minden Area office (contact for Burnt and Gull River residents)
Primary flood contact, Kris Windover, 705.286.5207
To report flooding to Kawartha Conservation, please contact:
Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 219
Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 221
More information about flooding, flood forecasting, and response is available through the following links.
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.
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.