Flood Watch now in Effect

Otonabee Conservation has issued a Flood Watch for the entire watershed region.

A low-pressure weather system is currently impacting the geographical area of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority, which stretches from the Kawartha Lakes in the north to Rice Lake in the south. In the next 24 hours, before it leaves our region on Friday morning, the weather system will have delivered 30 to 50 millimeters of precipitation. The lower precipitation amounts will be realized in the northern part of our watershed, whereas the higher amounts will fall in the southern portions. As a result, the Ouse and Indian Rivers, as well as the tributaries to the Indian, Ouse and Otonabee Rivers, are expected to respond with increasing water levels / flows. Therefore, residents living in flood vulnerable areas are advised to keep a watchful eye and prepare for the possibility of localized flooding.

North of the Kawartha Lakes, in the Haliburton Lakes Region, 20 to 30 millimeters of precipitation is expected to fall during the next 24 hours. As a result, the rivers and creeks that drain from the Haliburton Lakes Region southward into the Kawartha Lakes are expected to cause rising waters on the Kawartha Lakes within our region (Pigeon, Buckhorn, Chemong, Lower Buckhorn and Deer Bay, Lovesick Lake, Stony Lake, Clear Lake and Katchewanooka Lakes). In turn, the Otonabee River, which drains the Kawartha Lakes, is also expected to rise. Residents living along the shores of the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River are hereby advised to keep a watchful eye and prepare for the possibility of localized flooding.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228.

If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

This Flood Watch will be updated Friday, April 07, 2017 before 4 PM.

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