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Watershed Conditions Statement Issued By Kawartha Conservation

KAWARTHA LAKES-Based on weather forecasting information from Environment Canada, Kawartha Conservation is issuing a Watershed Conditions Statement for the coming days, April 2 to April 12, 2024.

Officials say a Colorado low-pressure system will bring strong winds and a mixture of precipitation that will begin this afternoon (April 2) as rain and will transition to snow on Wednesday night. Local forecasts indicate that more than 40mm of rain is anticipated, and as temperatures drop, an accumulation of 3 to 8cm of snow may be observed Wednesday night into Thursday.

Currently, water flows and levels across Kawartha Conservation watershed are within normal standards for this time of the year. Due to this storm event, the mixed precipitation combined with increased runoff will result in elevated water levels in rivers and streams within our jurisdiction. Lakes, rivers and creeks will see a rise of water levels and water flows. Widespread flooding is not anticipated. However, fast flowing water and flooding in low-lying areas, natural floodplains, and areas with poor drainage is possible within the Kawartha Conservation jurisdiction.

All watercourses have the potential to be dangerous during extensive rain, snow and strong wind with wind gusts up to 70km/h expected according to kawartha Conservation. Riverbanks are saturated and slippery and areas with moving water may be unsafe. Therefore, Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all streams and rivers, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of the dangerous conditions and supervised while outside.

Northern tributaries, such as the Burnt River and Gull River are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden Area office at 705-286-5207 or refer to the messages issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

This Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety will be in effect through Friday April 12, 2024.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local watercourses and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes. We are in close communication with partner agencies such as the Trent Severn Waterway, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and neighbouring Conservation Authorities during all flood situations.

If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation at 705-328-2271 or 705-344-0155 after hours.


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