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Residents Deal With Flooding In Thurstonia As Unseasonably Warm Weather Hastens Spring Thaw

KAWARTHA LAKES-Some residents of Thurstonia experienced flooding on Thursday as unseasonably warm weather brought an early spring thaw.

Water rushed out of the basement of a home at the corner of Hazel and Pavilion Street. The home had been completely renovated over the last few years. Councillor Ron Ashmore was on the scene on Thursday and says there is concern about the integrity of the foundation.

Water also gushed over the road on Kenhill Beach Road in the same area.


Fire and roads crews were called in dig trenches to redirect the water flow.

Some areas of the municipality are known to be prone to spring flooding. They City says residents who live or have property near flood prone areas are urged to take proactive steps to prepare for the season.

Prepare your property:
Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service, in partnership with Public Works, has prepared both filled sandbags as well as provided materials for residents to make their own sandbags.

Residents are reminded that it is their responsibility to prepare their property as best as they can, however to assist with increased safety measures, the municipality is supplying sandbags and sandbag materials in advance to help with preparation.

Please see the following locations below for information on what materials are available:

Locations with pre-filled bags for pick up:

  • Burnt River Community Centre: 16 Somerville Centre Road, Burnt River
  • Coboconk Legion Park: Highway 35 North, Coboconk
  • Omemee Fire Station: 14 Mary Street East, Omemee

Locations with sand and bags for residents:
Please note: For locations with sand and bags available, residents will need to bring a shovel to fill the bags.

  • Chisholm Trail: Between Black River Road and Sadowa Road
  • Dalton Community Centre: 13 Rumohr Dr, Sebright
  • Dunsford Community Centre: 26 Community Centre Rd, Dunsford
  • Ward Park: 17675 Highway 35 North, Norland

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the supplies and prepare their properties now. As the warmer weather approaches with the possibility of rain, it’s important to act now and ensure you have a plan in place should flooding occur.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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