The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) advises municipalities and the public that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is now in effect for the entire watershed region. The information in this statement is based on observations by ORCA combined with information from our partners including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Above normal temperatures during recent weeks, combined with rainfall, has translated to water levels and flows that are above normal for this time of year, but in the absence of a large snowpack or large rainfall events there has, so far, been only nuisance flooding, meaning that water in places has left the normal confines of the channel and is flooding low-lying lands, but road access remains available and no structures have been flooded.
With the recent return to more seasonal-like weather, water levels and flows are expected to remain steady. That said, Stony/Clear Lake, the Otonabee River, Little Lake and Rice Lake, will experience a slow increase in water levels and flows, but water levels and flows will remain below the flood warning stage.
The public is advised to avoid all activities near lakes, rivers, stream, creeks and wetlands as high water levels and flows as well as slippery streambanks are extremely hazardous.
The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority is tracking the weather and watershed conditions to detect any change that could increase water levels/flows and extent of flooding, and keeping apprised the local Community Emergency Management Coordinators, as well as the provincial and federal governments.
If you experience a flood emergency, please call 911 immediately.
This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety will remain in effect until further notice.