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Some water levels stabilizing while others still rising as Flood Warning remains in place

KAWARTHA LAKES-A FLOOD WARNING remains in place for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.

With 35-55mm on the way between Wednesday and Friday, with the bulk of it falling tomorrow and Thursday, residents in flood prone areas of Kawartha Lakes are urged to prepare their properties. Visit kawarthalakes.ca/flood for checklists on how to prepare inside and outside your home.

Officials at Trent-Severn Waterway confirm that daily adjustments will be made throughout the system to assist in absorbing the rain. Gull, Burnt and Black rivers continue to decline today but are subject to change tomorrow.

Representatives from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing are touring the municipality today to assess the damage to date. The Ministry will be making a decision shortly about whether to activate the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program for Kawartha Lakes. This program, if activated, can help individuals recover costs to their primary residence after a natural disaster.

Water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes remain exceptionally high and all lakes are above full level conditions according to the Trent Severn Waterway.
  • Balsam and Cameron lakes have continued a very slow decline, by 1 to 2 cm. As inflows from the Burnt and Gull rivers are decreasing, the downward trend in lake water levels is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
  • The water level in Sturgeon Lake has increased by another 4 cm since yesterday morning. It is expected that the water level will continue increasing slowly, up to 3 cm, during the next 24 hours.
  • Pigeon Lake, as part of the Tri-Lakes system, has stabilized and is forecast to be stable or decline slightly over the next 24 hours.
All near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous, banks wet, slippery and may be undercut. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance 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.
Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely, and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding develop.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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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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