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Kawartha Conservation issues a water safety statement

Watershed conditions statement water safety

Watershed conditions statement water safetyKawartha Lakes - Large bodies of water in Kawartha Lakes are experiencing water levels higher than normal for this time of year. This situation is a result of the large amount of precipitation, including up to 60 mm of rain that fell in our region on January 10 and 11.

While local watercourses have peaked and declined substantially, the large lakes are still responding to the runoff generated.

Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes and Lake Scugog continue to rise as large amounts of water pass through the system towards Lake Ontario. Water levels of Balsam and Cameron Lakes have stabilized at this time.

As higher winds are forecast for southern Ontario for Thursday, the ice cover, where it exists, may break, become mobile and damage shoreline properties. Shoreline property owners should secure and protect where possible their belongings. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Shorelines and banks are saturated, slippery and may be undercut. All near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is weak and unstable. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and flows 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 as to this situation.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring water levels and flows throughout the system very closely and making adjustments to the water control structures as required. Additional information from the TSW is available at the Water Management InfoNet.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Monday January 20, 2020. 

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