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Friday, 4 April 2014

#KawarthaLakes Flood Watch Notice! How Are You Preparing?

Kawartha Lakes Mums - Kawartha Conservation Flood Watch Warning!

2013 many Kawartha Lakes areas flooded. Part of Sandringham Road has closed due to flooding, and more rain is on its way. Are you prepared for seasonal flooding this year?

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Kawartha Conservation issued a Flood Watch for the Kawartha Conservation watershed. The radar image below taken just after 6pm shows the heavier rainfall being blown our way by high winds from the United States where flood warnings have been issued as well.
Kawartha Lakes Radar Weather Map

Kawartha Lakes Radar Weather Map Explanation

City of Kawartha Lakes is the orange balloon. Precipitation colours are :
  • Dark green light rain
  • Light green moderate rain
  • Yellow to orange heavier
  • Purple heaviest rain
  • Blue  - frozen

Kawartha Conservation Flood Watch Warning

Here is the flood watch warning for our area from Kawartha Conservation. Are you prepared?:
A low-pressure system is moving across southern Ontario, bringing precipitation and mild temperatures. Environment Canada forecasts that rainfall accumulation up to 25 mm is possible for the Kawartha Conservation watershed.
Although some of the snowpack melted over the last week, a significant amount of snow is still present. It is heavy, wet and layered with ice, with a higher than normal water content. Soil surfaces are either saturated or still frozen and unable to absorb more moisture. Runoff storage spaces, such as low-lying areas, road ditches, and other ground depressions are already filled with water. Local watercourses are flowing in levels higher than usual with greater velocities.
Mild temperatures combined with the forecasted rainfall will continue to melt snow and will increase already high water levels and flow velocities in local rivers and streams. Smaller streams and creeks respond quickly to the additional runoff, but larger water bodies, including the Kawartha Lakes, will take longer to react. Additional water accumulation in areas, adjacent to watercourses, road ditches and areas with poor drainage will occur. Road overtopping is likely in certain locations.
Some streams and a majority of lakes are still covered in ice. Ice cover, where it exists, will continue weakening and is becoming unstable and hazardous. Under the current circumstances, all local rivers, streams, and lakes will continue to be extremely dangerous. Riverbanks are very slippery and unsafe. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay off of ice and away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.
Municipalities are advised to monitor areas of historically known flooding problems closely and to be prepared to respond to high water situations as they occur. Residents are advised to contact their municipalities should a flood threat develop. Local municipalities are first to respond to and assist with, flood emergencies.
This Flood Watch will be in effect through Monday, April 7, 2014.
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