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Kawartha Conservation issues Flood Outlook for Kawartha Lakes. March 31, 2020.

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Kawartha Lakes - A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is in effect for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes and Lake Scugog.

The water levels in the Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes are rising due to increased inflows from the northern tributaries, such as the Burnt and Gull rivers.

As reported by officials of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, flow in the northern tributaries are increasing in response to the latest precipitation received over the last 2 days and on-going snowmelt. As those rivers flow into the Kawartha Lakes, water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes is expected to continue rising. 

Water levels in Lake Scugog are moderately elevated. As the snowpack within its watershed has already melted, the water level of Lake Scugog will slow down its rate of increase, as flows from its feeding tributaries are declining.

Local rivers and streams within the Kawartha Conservation watershed are flowing at normal levels for this time of year. No flooding problems are anticipated at this time. 
All near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely, and contact their local municipality should any threat of flooding develop.

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 and may be slippery and undercut. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous; remnants of ice cover where it still exists, is extremally weak and unstable. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook– Kawartha Lakes will be in effect until Friday, April 3, 2020.

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