Flood Warning – Update

Otonabee Conservation advises that the Flood Warning issued Friday, April 7, 2017 remains in effect and offers the following update on the situation.

In the coming days, flooding along the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River is expected to get worse. This week’s forecast rain and warm air temperatures in the Haliburton Lakes region will cause further snowmelt, and thereby, increased runoff. Increased runoff in the Haliburton Lakes region will, in turn, continue to induce rising levels/flows on the Kawartha Lakes and the Otonabee River. Hence, the Flood Warning continues for the Otonabee River and Pigeon Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Chemong Lake, Lower Buckhorn Lake (and Deer Bay), Lovesick Lake, Stony Lake, Clear Lake and Katchewanooka Lake.

Today, Monday, April 10th, the Tri-Lakes (Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon Lakes), Lower Buckhorn Lake and Lovesick Lake are expected to continue to rise.  Stony / Clear Lakes will drop as more water is released downstream.  In about 1.5 to 2 days, after Stony / Clear Lakes have been somewhat lowered, more water will then be transferred downstream from the Tri-Lakes, Lower Buckhorn Lake and Lovesick Lake.

Operations at Lakefield, today, will keep Katchewanooka Lake relatively steady, but will cause the Otonabee River to rise 10-15 centimeters during the next 24 hours.

Rice Lake and the Trent River (to Hastings) are rising, but for the time-being, they have yet to reach the flood warning stage.

This Flood Warning will be updated again tomorrow, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 before 2 PM.

Information in this message regarding watershed conditions is based on observations of the Otonabee Conservation combined with input from our partners including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228, or e-mail: orcafloodduty@otonabee.com. If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

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