KAWARTHA LAKES-A Flood Watch is now in effect for the Kawartha Conservation watershed jurisdiction.
Officials say a large, moisture-laden system continues to move through the region, bringing substantial rain. Monitoring locations throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed have reported 60 to 90 mm of rain since Tuesday. An additional 10 to 30 mm of precipitation is forecast for today before the system moves out of the region this afternoon.
As expected, the water levels in local rivers and streams started rising in response to the runoff produced by this rain event. The water levels in local watercourses observed this morning are elevated but significantly below the critical flooding thresholds. No flooding concerns have been reported at this time. However, water in low-lying areas, areas with poor drainage, road ditches have been observed. As the rain continues, water levels and flows are expected to continue increasing moderately.
No widespread flooding is expected; however, flooding in low-lying areas, areas adjacent to streams and road ditches may occur. Smaller watercourses may reach or overtop their banks. Ponding of water on urban surfaces may occur as storm sewer systems can become overwhelmed by high runoff.
Under these watershed conditions, all local watercourses should be considered extremely dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all 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.
This Flood Warning will be in effect until Saturday, Sep 25, 2021