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Kawartha Conservation issues water safety statement

Watershed conditions statement water safety

Watershed conditions statement water safetyKawartha Lakes – A large and slow-moving low-pressure system is passing through southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Environment Canada forecasts that steady rain will continue from today into early Friday morning. Total rainfall accumulation amounts between 30 to 50 mm are expected, with some localized areas possibly receiving larger amounts.

Water levels and flow in local rivers and streams are moderately elevated across the watershed as a result of precipitation received over the past week. Soils throughout the watershed are moderately saturated.

Under these watershed conditions the forecast rain will further increase flows and levels in local watercourses. While no flooding is anticipated, accumulation of water in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage may occur; some watercourses may reach their bankfull levels.

In these circumstances all local rivers and streams should be considered dangerous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from all water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of hazardous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through Saturday, November 2, 2019.

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