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Flood outlook for Burnt River and Gull River watersheds

March 24, 2016 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect for the Gull and Burnt River watersheds.

Residents should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should take appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise.

The cold weather of the past week has slowed the flow of rivers and creeks but many are still flowing quite quickly and the water is extremely cold. Seasonal mild temperatures combined with the precipitation forecasted will continue to melt snow and will increase water levels and flow velocities in local rivers and streams. Smaller streams and creeks will respond quickly to the additional runoff. Larger water bodies, including the reservoir lakes, will take longer to react.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

For additional tips and information on how to prepare for a flood, please visit our web site, www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca and click on the Flood and Water Level Information button.

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For more information please contact:

Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 Extension 1355
cdavidson@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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