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Watershed Safety Statement Issued For Local Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES-A Water Safety Statement is in effect for the large Kawartha Lakes, including Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.

No flooding is expected but flows throughout the system are high and could be dangerous according to officials.

As the Trent-Severn Waterway officials advise, the Trent-Severn Waterway drainage area, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed, has received up to 120 mm of rain over the past 10 days. It significantly exceeds the normal precipitation for the month of June. As a result, there are higher-than-normal water levels along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

In addition, flows will increase outside of navigation hours as a part of the TSW water management operations. The public should consider these overnight flows as non-navigable.

The public is cautioned that fast-moving water will create hazardous conditions especially around the dams and locks. During this period of above-normal water levels and flows, residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution on and around water. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children and pets away from all waterways.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and will adjust the water control structures as required. Anyone having concerns about water levels throughout the system can contact Parks Canada (705)-750-4950 or [email protected].

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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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