Flood Forecasting and Warning Program
Current flood status
May 14, 9:15 am
The Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted the Flood Warning for the Gull River, as water levels continue declining and are returning to normal. The Gull River, through the Village of Minden, has returned to within its banks. At the Norland monitoring location the water level has decreased significantly, by 15 cm over the last 24 hours, as the Trent-Severn Waterway has undergone stop logging operations yesterday at dams upstream.
The water levels in the Kawartha lakes are stable and considerably lower than their critical levels. Kawartha Conservation has cancelled the Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon lakes. The status for the entire Kawartha Conservation watershed is now at Normal.
Trent-Severn Waterway is adjusting water control structures according to needs throughout the water system, including, but not limited to, navigation, high/low water augmentation, environmental aspects, and public safety.
For more information, please contact us at 705.328.2271 or 705.344.0155 after hours.
For additional updates, please see the following:
- City of Kawartha Lakes
- Ministry of Natural Resources
- Township of Minden Hills
- Haliburton County flood and road closer information
- Municipality of Trent Lakes (Galway-Cavendish & Harvey)
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Previous flood status messages
- Flood Warning Cancellation/Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety (PDF, 80 KB) - May 6, 2013
- May 3 Update - Flood Warning (PDF, 209 KB) May 3, 2013
- May 1 Update - Flood Warning (PDF, 108 KB) - May 1, 2013
- April 29 Update - Flood Warning (PDF, 103 KB) - April 29, 2013
- April 26 Update - Flood Warning for the Kawartha lakes (PDF, 107 KB) - April 26, 2013
- Updated - Flood Warning (PDF, 106 KB) - April 24, 2013
- Flood Warning (PDF, 108 KB) - April 22, 2013
- Flood Watch (PDF, 197 KB) - April 19, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook (PDF, 110 KB) - April 10, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety (PDF, 129 KB) - March 11, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook (PDF, 118 KB) - January 29, 2013
- Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety, January 11, 2013 (PDF, 115 KB)
- Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook - October 29, 2012 (PDF, 80 KB)