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  • A significant amount of rain has fallen within the Kawartha Conservation watershed over the last 36 hours. As a result local watercourses are flowing high and fast exceeding their bankfull conditions in some locations. Smaller steams are responding faster, while it takes longer for larger watercourses to react. As additional precipitation is forecast for today, high water levels and velocities will be sustained. Water levels in Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to increase gradually. Kawartha Conservation asks to exercise extreme caution around all watercourses. For assistance in the event of a flood, contact your municipality.

    FLOOD WATCH

    DATE:    April 20, 2019

    TIME:    9:00 am              

    Message sent on the basis of information received from:

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

     A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.

    A significant amount of rain has fallen within the Kawartha Conservation watershed over the last 36 hours. Precipitation gauges across the watershed have recorded 33 to 42 mm of rain.

    As a result, a substantial runoff has been occurring. Responding to the increased runoff, the water levels and velocities in local rivers and streams have risen. In some locations watercourses have exceeded their bankfull conditions and spilled on floodplains. Smaller streams are responding faster, while it takes longer for larger watercourses to react.

    As an additional 5 to 8 mm of precipitation is forecast for today, high water levels and velocities in local watercourses will be sustained. Flooding in low lying areas, areas adjacent to streams and road ditches has been observed. Ponding of water on urban surfaces may occur as storm sewer systems can become overwhelmed by high runoff or clogged debris.

    As precipitation moves out of the region tomorrow, the water levels in local rivers and streams will start declining.

    The water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes have continued to increase as a large amount of water is passing through the system toward Lake Ontario. As reported by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent-Severn Waterway, flow in the northern tributaries are extremely high; flooding at the Burnt River area has been occurring. It is expected water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to rise gradually.

    Under current watershed conditions all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks and shorelines will be slippery and unsafe, and may be undercut. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from 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.

    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 .

    For additional information on the Gull and Burnt rivers 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.

    Municipalities are advised to monitor areas known for 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.

    For assistance in the event of a flood, and sandbag requests, please contact your municipality.

    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 Warning will be in effect until Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. 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, Hydrologist        

    Emma Collyer, 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.

    Flood Forecasting services for the Burnt and Gull Rivers watersheds is provided by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minden Office (tel. 705-286-5207)

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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

Alternate Contact
Dave Pridham

Office number: 705.328.2271 ext. 221
After-hours: 705.344.0142

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.

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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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