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Flood Warning continues for Black, Burnt and Gull Rivers

April 4, 2016 - This morning the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has confirmed that Flood Warnings are still in effect for Black, Burnt and Gull Rivers.

The Burnt River is still in a flood stage but is steady at 5.9 m, below the critical level.

The snowfall received last night will combine with about 50 mm of precipitation over next five days, which will continue to put pressure on water levels.

The 14 day forecast trend shows cooler temperatures will remain and this will assist in maintaining water levels by slowing the melting process.

The Gull River continues to be over capacity. The bottom end of the Gull River has crested and resulted in a decrease in the Norland flow through Shadow Lake.

Lake Cameron and Sturgeon Lake are above capacity and levels are rising. The Rosedale dam has been reduced to ease up on Cameron Lake.

Hawk, Redstone, Oblong and Eagle Lakes are rising which could adversely affect the Gull River.

Pigeon Lake is coming up significantly as it absorbs the impact of the Gull and Burnt Rivers.

The entire Kawartha watershed continues to be in an unpredictable state and we remind residents to 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, securing items that may float away as water levels rise and utilizing sandbags.

There have been no new road closures since the Flood Update Saturday night at 6:00 pm. Please see the City of Kawartha Lakes’ web site for a full listing of road closures. http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/public-works/general-operations/road-closures

Fire Rescue and Public Works staff and volunteers are working diligently and have maintained sand bag stock for residents to access.

Sand bags are available at the following locations

Carden Service Centre Centre (13 Rumohr Drive, Dalton)

Burnt River Public Works Depot (90 Burnt River Road)

Coboconk Public Works Depot (2863 County Road #48)

A reception centre continues to be open for residents at the Burnt River Community Centre at 16 Somerville Rd., Burnt River. Red Cross members are on hand to help and can be contacted at the Red Cross 24 hour call number 705-715-8138.

For emergency overnight accommodations, residents can contact A Place Called Home at 705-328-0905.

The Coboconk Municipal Service Centre located at 9 Grandy Road in Coboconk will be the first point of contact for up to date flood information and can be reached at 705-324-9411 extension 3515 or 1-888-822-2225, extension 3515. If an event occurs after normal business hours of Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm call 1-877-885-7337.

MNRF, Trent Severn Waterway and Kawartha Conservation are all closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

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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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