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  • A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.
    A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction has been lifted. 

    DATE:    May 10, 2019
    TIME:    3:00 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 is now in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes.

    A FLOOD WARNING for the shoreline areas of Kawartha Lakes within the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction has been lifted.  

    The lake water levels have continued declining.  Minor fluctuations may be observed, but a steady downward trend is expected for the weekend.

    However, all lakes are still above full level conditions and 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 rain received over the last 24 hours. However, no low risk is observed at this time. As a result no flood message is currently in effect for the watershed’s jurisdiction

    Additional information from the TSW is available at the Water Management InfoNet web page .  Residents can also call the TSW information line at 705-750-4064.

    For assistance in the event of a flood, and to obtain 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 14th 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.

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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
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:

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.

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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

Current Weather

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Be Prepared

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