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City begins monitoring and preparing for spring thaw

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February 23, 2017 - The City’s Emergency Services, Public Works, and OPP are readying for the possibility of flood activities this season. Activities involved in the ramp up period include preparing sand bag supplies and ensuring fire vehicles, ATV’s and watercraft are available from Fire Rescue Services and OPP.

According to a Water Conditions Statement from Kawartha Conservation today, due to unseasonably warm temperatures, up to 13°C, weather forecasting agencies predict that the daytime temperatures will remain above the freezing mark for the next week. Furthermore, a low system pressure is predicted to move into southern Ontario later tonight, bringing up to 15 mm of rain on Friday February 24 for the Kawartha watershed.

While no major flooding is anticipated at this time, water accumulation is likely in low-lying areas, road ditches, and areas with poor drainage. Rivers and streams may reach or exceed capacity in some locations.

Under these circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes are extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe. Ice cover, where it exists, is becoming unstable and hazardous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.

Residents are encouraged to prepare their home, cottage or property in case of flooding. Information is available on the City’s website at http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information.

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For more information please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 Extension 1355

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