Flood Warning Update for May 16th

Otonabee Conservation advises that the Flood Warning remains in effect for the entire watershed region.

This message is an update to the FLOOD WARNING first issued MAY 3rd, and information contained in this FLOOD WARNING UPDATE is based on observations of the ORCA combined with input from our partners, including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and municipal Community Emergency Management Co-ordinators.

WATER LEVELS and FLOWS

All of the Kawartha Lakes in the ORCA’s geographical jurisdiction crested on May 10/11/12th. Since, Buckhorn, Chemong, Pigeon, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear and Katchewanooka Lakes have dropped 10 to 15 centimeters from their highest water levels. Similarly, the Otonabee River has dropped 17 centimeters. Rice Lake peaked yesterday at 187.33 meters above sea level. Therefore, Rice Lake and the Trent River (to Hastings) will now also begin dropping.

Despite the drop in water levels / flows over the past several days, the above-noted lakes and river continue to flood surrounding low-lying shoreline areas. It is anticipated that it will take another week, and possibly longer, before water levels / flows recede below flood thresholds.

STAY SAFE

Area lakes and rivers continue to be much higher than normal for this time of year, and therefore, continue to present unsafe conditions. In addition, cold water temperatures also continue to pose a serious danger. Area residents and visitors are, therefore, advised to observe extreme caution around all area waterbodies and watercourses. In addition, dams, culverts and other water control / water conveyance structures are to be avoided at all times.

To report a flood in your area, call the ORCA’s Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: orcafloodduty@otonabee.com.

If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

This FLOOD WARNING will next be up-dated on FRIDAY, MAY 19th 2017.

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