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District wide flood warning issued

The Ministry of Natural Resources is advising the public to take all precautions necessary to prepare for flooding.

A district-wide Flood Warning was issued Tuesday for the Bancroft District including all waterways affected by the Burnt, Gull and Black rivers.

50 to 90 mm of rain has fallen in the region over the last week and all lakes in the City of Kawartha Lakes are over 100% full. Rivers have risen significantly and will continue to rise over the next 48-72 hours. At least another 40mm are forecast before the weekend and this could make matters worse.

Kawartha Conservation has issued a Water Conditions Statement – Water Safety, that water levels in Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes are expected to increase moderately in the next 24 hours.

All watercourses and water bodies within Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction should be considered extremely dangerous, officials say. Rivers and streams are running fast and high, river banks and lakes shorelines are saturated, and may be unstable.

Kawartha Conservation is warning residents to stay away from all 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 say they are monitoring the situation closely and are adjusting dam settings throughout the system as required.  They have indicated that additional spillways will be open at the Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Lindsay dams to accommodate increased inflow.

Residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes are encouraged to secure their properties, prepare an emergency kit and access sandbags at the following locations.

Sandbags and supplies are available at the following locations:

  • Bobcaygeon depot (62 Duke St.) Limited sandbags available for pickup, sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
  • Coboconk Public Works depot (2863 County Road #48) Limited sandbags available for pickup, sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
  • Burnt River Public Works depot (90 County Road #44) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
  • Dalton Recreation Centre (13 Rumohr Drive) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
  • Carden Works depot (12 Lake Dalrymple Road) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
  • Chisholm Trail Road (top of hill before bridge to Black River Road) – Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself

 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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