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Flood Watch continues for Kawartha Lakes

April 6, 2016 - Kawartha Conservation continues its Flood Watch for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes. There continues to be high potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas, as a large volume of water is passing through the Trent River system. High winds and waves can exacerbate the situation on the downwind side of a lake.

Balsam Lake is high but expected to remain stable over the next 24 hours.

Water levels of Cameron Lake and Sturgeon Lake are declining and are expected to continue to decline slowly.

Pigeon Lake levels increased yesterday and are expected to continue to rise.

The Burnt, Black and Gull Rivers have all crested, but snowfall in the Haliburton region will continue to keep these rivers at high levels over the next few days at least.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials continue their operations to mitigate flooding throughout the entire system. As they do so, water levels at lakes will continue fluctuating. Trent-Severn Waterway reassesses the situation and makes decisions on a daily basis.

Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property and to monitor water levels closely. Flood information can be found on the City of Kawartha Lakes web site or at this link http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information .

All four locations below continue to be stocked with sand bags for residents to access 24 hours a day:

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)
Bobcaygeon Works Yard (62 Duke Street, north side of the road)

For residents who require assistance during the flooding season, Red Cross is set up at the Fenelon Inn on Helen Street in Fenelon Falls. Residents will see an Emergency Response Vehicle set up as a mobile office.  In the event that the mobile office is out on a call, residents are requested to call the Red Cross 24 hour call number at
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.

City of Kawartha Lakes Human Services enquiries will be answered from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at 705-324-9870, press 3.

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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