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Water levels of Gull, Black and Burnt Rivers will continue to rise over the weekend

April 1, 2016 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bancroft District confirms that Gull, Black and Burnt River watersheds remain under a Flood Warning throughout the weekend.

Over the last 24 hours, the area has received 30-40 mm precipitation on average, with the Gull River area receiving more than expected. The rain ended at midnight last night, however, the effect on the watershed will continue throughout the next 48-72 hours. The MNRF expects that the water levels will peak over the next two to three days.

The Burnt River water level measured 6.0 m at 12:30 pm today, according to Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue, well above the critical level of 5.20 m.

Cooler temperatures are expected by Sunday and this will help to stabilize the situation.

Caution is advised on all forest access roads due to the potential for water on roads, washouts and heavy rutting. Do not drive through submerged roads. Public Works staff are surveying the areas and closing roads as required.

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, securing items that may float away as water levels rise and utilizing sandbags.

Sand and/or sand bags are available at the following locations

The end of Chisholm Trail - Fill your own bags available
Carden Depot (12 Dalrymple Road) - Fill your own bags available
Dalton Recreation Centre (13 Rumohr Drive) - Sandbags available
Burnt River Public Works Depot (90 Burnt River Road) – Sandbags available
Coboconk Public Works Depot (2863 County Road #48) - Sandbags available

City of Kawartha Lakes Road Closures – as of April 1, 1:30 pm

Road Name

From

To

Closed

Open

Operating Area

Cedar Plank Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

Souther Drive

All

 

 

Burnt River

Shankland Dr.

All

 

 

Burnt River

Shuttleworth Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

Brook Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

River Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

Wrex Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

Prospect Rd.

CKL 8

Palestine Rd.

 

Eldon

Fell's Bay Rd.

All

 

 

Burnt River

7th Concession of Somerville Rd.

CKL 43

End

 

Burnt River

Taylor Rd.

Address 25

Hill's Rd.

 

Coboconk

Black River Rd.

East to Lewisham

 

 

Coboconk

North Mountain Rd.

Doyle

CKL 41

 

Coboconk

Bexley-Laxton

CKL 41

French Settlement

 

Coboconk

Fairburn Rd.

Cedar Tree

Bury's Green Rd.

 

Bobcaygeon

 

Additional closures will be posted on the City of Kawartha Lakes’ web site at the link below or by clicking on the “Road Closures” button on the home page.

http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/public-works/general-operations/road-closures

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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