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Flood watch cancelled as City offers to waive tipping fees for flood damaged goods

KAWARTHA LAKES-A WATER SAFETY advisory is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction. The previous FLOOD WATCH is cancelled.

Water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes remain high. Balsam and Pigeon lakes have increased by 12 cm since yesterday and Sturgeon Lake by 4 cm, while levels in Cameron and Scugog remain stable. Trent-Severn Waterway is reassessing the situation on a daily basis and are adjusting the flows through water control structures to relieve pressure in the affected areas according to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The City is offering relief to residents by waiving landfill tipping fees for flood-damaged goods within specific areas that have been impacted by flooding or impacted by lack of curbside pickup due to road closure. This assistance is being offered to the following areas:

  • Black River Road at Chilsom Trail Road and Cooper’s Falls Road (Muskoka 6)
  • Digby-Laxton Road south of Monck Road 45 – from #280 to #371
  • Pinery Road from Winchester to Burnt River Road
  • Shuttleworth Road
  • Crooked Court
  • Monck Road 45 from Kinmount Road 121 Norland to Hwy 35
  • Moorings Drive
  • Cedar Plank
  • Wrex Road (Country road 121 to #49)
  • Northline Road at 5th Concession
  • CKL 44 between CKL 121 and Burnt River Road
  • 9th Concession Burnt River from County Road 121 to #59

If you are within any of these areas you may bring your waste and/or flood damaged material to any landfill during regular operating hours. Please check the 2019 Municipal Calendar or our website for the location of the landfill nearest you.

When you bring your flood damaged goods to the landfill please provide your address to the landfill attendant on duty so they can check you are within one of the areas designated as exempted from tipping fees. If you have retained a contractor to take your flood damaged goods to the landfill please pre-notify Heather Dzurko the Supervisor of Waste Management by email or other written communication to prevent any delay in drop off at the main landfill gates.

Heather Dzurko, Waste Management Operations Supervisor

[email protected]
City of Kawartha Lakes, Solid Waste Services
12 Peel Street, 2nd Floor
Lindsay, ON, K9V 3L8
Telephone (705) 324-9411 ext 1133
Toll Free: 1-888-822-2225

Red Cross support
Red Cross will be providing on the ground personal disaster assistance to individuals who are affected by flooding. This includes covering lodging, feeding, clothing and personal services based on individual needs. They conduct an assessment and provide short-term assistance of three days based on needs. Individuals requiring assistance may call our dispatch at 705-715-8138.

Flood damage support to homeowners
Kawartha Lakes is working closely with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to provide information on the extent of damage. The Ministry will assess the area to determine if there is enough damage to warrant a declaration of a Natural Disaster. If this is declared, there will be an opportunity for residents, tenants and small business owners to apply for relief under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program. This program is eligible on principal residences only.

In the past, municipalities were required to declare a State of Emergency in order for individuals to be able to apply for damage assistance. This requirement has changed due to provincial regulations. Currently a municipality will only declare a State of Emergency when it can no longer manage the situation using its available resources. This is the case for flooding, severe storms or any other incident affecting the municipality’s ability to protect its citizens and property using its own emergency response resources. Declaring a State of Emergency allows additional outside resources to be brought in to respond to the needs of the municipality. It is independent of the new Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program described above and has no bearing on the financial assistance available to individuals.


It is property owner’s responsibility to secure sand bags to protect their property. Self-serve sand and bags are available at four locations:

  • Coboconk Municipal Service Centre, 9 Grandy Road, Coboconk (filled sandbags available)
  • Burnt River Works Yard (filled sandbags available)
  • Dalton Community Centre (13 Rumohr Drive, Sebright)
  • Intersection of Chisholm Trail and Brooks Lane near Black River

Road closures due to flooding Updated Road Closures – April 24 1:15pm

  • McNabb Road
  • Schoolhouse Road
    • Monck Road 45 is open to local traffic only from Kinmount Road 121 at Kinmount to Hwy 35 at Norland due to culvert failure
    • Black River Road is closed from Chisholm Trail to Cooper’s Falls Road (Muskoka 6)
  • Digby-Laxton is closed from County Road 35 north to Monck Road
  • Digby-Laxton Road closed south of Monck Road 45 – from #280 to #371
  • Pinery Road closed from Winchester to Burnt River Road
  • Shuttleworth Road
  • Crooked Court
  • Moorings Drive
  • Cedar Plank
  • Wrex Road (Country road 121 to #49)
  • Northline Road at 5th Concession

There is water over the following roads, please drive with caution:

  • Vern Court – from #19 to end
  • Black River Road – east to Lewisham
  • Doyle Road – south of North Mountain
  • Bexley-Laxton – 2 locations- west of French Settlement and east of French Settlement

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