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Kawartha Conservation - Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety - Oct 15, 2021

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

Kawartha Lakes - Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for southern Ontario, including the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Substantial rainfall is forecast over the next 48 hours as a low-pressure system that involves remnants of Hurricane Pamela moves through the region today and tomorrow, bringing the wet and colder weather.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to start this evening and continue through Saturday, while the heaviest rainfall is expected overnight. Rain will diminish to isolated showers by Saturday afternoon and move out of the region by Sunday evening. 

Overall, local amounts of rain for the duration of the event may reach between 30-50 mm.

The local rivers and streams are currently flowing at seasonal low water levels and flow. However, streams’ levels and velocities will increase in response to the rain forecast. No riverine flooding is expected at this time. However, water accumulation in low-lying areas, areas with poor drainage, road ditches, and large impervious areas in urban settings, such as parking lots, may be expected.

Under these circumstances, 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. Local rivers and streams will be flowing higher and faster than usual; riverbanks can be slippery and muddy during and right after the rain events. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions, and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

This Watershed Conditions Statement-Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, October 18 2021. Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring local rivers and lakes and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction should any significant change occur.

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