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Burnt River Rising-Flooding In Some Areas

KAWARTHA LAKES-Residents in Burnt River are closely monitoring the water levels along the river.

In recent days the water has been rising and has overflowed its banks in some areas. The water is almost over the banks at the swimming area and the boat launch is submerged.

Burnt River boat launch area submerged Courtesy Wendy Watson


Courtesy Wendy Watson

Just up the road, homeowner Hugh Armstrong is once again experiencing flooding over his driveway. In years past he has had to use a row boat to get to his farm on the hill.

Kawartha Conservation issued a Flood Watch on April 4th for its jurisdiction.

At the time officials said 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.

Water levels in local rivers and streams started rising in response to the runoff produced by the recent rainfall since last weekend and the water levels and flows in local watercourses remain elevated. There is still a considerable snowpack in the watersheds to the north of the Kawartha Region which is expected to melt, and combined with the rainfall, will contribute to higher water levels in the Kawartha Region

For those who are in a floodplain area, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service, in partnership with the Public Works division, has prepared both pre-filled sandbags as well as provided materials for residents to make their own sandbags to assist with flood preparation.

Please see the below for information on what materials are available and where they can be found:

Pre-filled sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Burnt River Community Centre: 16 Somerville Centre Rd, Burnt River
  • Coboconk Legion Ball Park: 6699 Highway 35, Coboconk

Sand and bags for filling are available at the following locations (shovel required):

  • Ward Park Norland Community Centre: 7675 Highway 35 North, Norland
  • Dalton Community Centre: 13 Rumohr Drive, Sebright
  • Chisholm Trail south of Black River Road near Amon Drive

Please note for locations with sand and bags available, residents will need to bring their own shovels to fill the bags.

With the sandbags and materials now available, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the supplies and prepare their properties now. As the warmer weather approaches with the possibility of rain in the forecast, 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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