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Flood Warning in effect for Black and Burnt Rivers

March 30, 2016 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District has issued a Flood Warning for the Black and Burnt River watersheds.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for areas within Bancroft District. Starting overnight tonight (Wednesday) and through the day tomorrow (Thursday) a system is expected to bring rain, at times heavy, with potential totals of 25-50mm. There is also the risk of an isolated thunderstorm. Daily high temperatures are forecast to range from 9°C to 12°C through Friday before returning to colder temperatures on the weekend.

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 the appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise.

Residents can pick up sand bags at the Burnt River Public Works Depot at 90 Burnt River Road or at Coboconk Public Works depot at 2863 County Rd #48.

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.

Kawartha Conservation has also issued a Flood Watch for all of the Kawartha watershed. Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the current situation closely and are adjusting dam settings accordingly. While Balsam Lake and Cameron Lake have reached their full navigations levels, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes are still below full levels. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Rosedale are open to accommodate increased flows of Burnt and Gull rivers.

MNRF is 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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