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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:54

FLOOD WATCH – KAWARTHA LAKES – Update - May 14

A FLOOD WATCH continues for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

The water levels of the large Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have been stable or continued their very slow decline over the last 4 days.

FLOOD WATCH – KAWARTHA LAKES – Update
DATE:    May 14, 2019
TIME:    2:30 pm

Message sent on the basis of information received from:

  • Kawartha Conservation Flood Forecasting Network
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Surface Water Monitoring Centre
  • Environment Canada

Affected Municipalities:

  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Municipality of Trent Lakes


A FLOOD WATCH continues for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

The water levels of the large Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction have been stable or continued their very slow decline over the last 4 days.

Minor water level fluctuations are being observed, but a steady downward trend is expected to continue. All lakes are still above full level conditions.

The slow rate of decline is due to the significant amount of precipitation observed across the region. Almost a monthly amount of rain has been recorded throughout the watershed in just two weeks of May.

Under these circumstances, all waterbodies should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from the shoreline areas, as well as water structures such as locks and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, slippery, and may be and undercut. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

TSW continues to reassess the situation on a daily basis and adjust flow through the water control structures as conditions require.

Shoreline residents are advised to continue monitoring their properties and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding exists. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with flood emergencies.

Municipalities are advised to continue monitoring shoreline areas and be prepared to respond to high water emergencies if they occur.

Local rivers and streams throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction are flowing at slightly elevated levels responding to the precipitation received. However, no flood risk is observed at this time.

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 .  Residents can also call the TSW information line at 705-750-4064.

For assistance in the event of a flood, or to obtain information about sandbags, please contact your local municipality directly.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses 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 on this situation.

This flood message will be in effect until Tuesday, May 21st 2019.  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                                                   

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.