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Flood Watch issued for large Kawartha Lakes

April 4, 2016 - Kawartha Conservation has issued a Flood Watch for the Kawartha Lakes, specifically the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, and Sturgeon lakes, and Pigeon Lake. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.

Water levels in the Kawartha Lakes have been steadily rising over the last several days in response to high water flows in rivers, including the Burnt and Gull rivers, which flow into the Kawartha Lakes from lakes to the north.

High runoff from the precipitation that fell across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, as well as northern watersheds last week, are contributing to the higher flows. It may take up to 5 to 7 days for the flood water to pass through Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon, and Pigeon lakes. High lake levels combined with even moderate winds could impact the stability of shoreline infrastructure.

Shoreline residents are advised to take precautions to protect themselves and their property, to monitor water levels closely.

Trent-Severn Waterway officials are reassessing the situation on an ongoing basis and are adjusting flows through water control structures accordingly. Dams in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon are open to accommodate increased flows of the Burnt River and other northern tributaries. Some flow from Balsam Lake is being diverted to the Talbot River watershed in order to reduce the pressure on the Kawartha Lakes system.

This Flood Watch will be in effect until Wednesday, April 6, 2016. 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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