CKL remains under Flood Warning after major rainfall

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Over the last 24 hours, the area has received 25-30 mm of rain. As a result, water levels in the large Kawartha Lakes remain exceptionally high, with Moore and Shadow lakes at three feet above full. There is no precipitation forecasted over the next four days.

  • Burnt and Gull rivers have sustained high flows but are expected to recede over the next 24 hours.
  • Balsam and Cameron lakes have remained stable over the last 24 hours. With no dam operations planned for today and some decrease in inflows from northern tributaries it is expected that lakes will stay at their levels for the next 48 hours.
  • Water level in Sturgeon Lake has risen another 6cm. It is anticipated that the water level in the lake will continue increasing at a similar rate for the next 24 hours.
  • Pigeon Lake has increased by 12cm since yesterday. In order to reduce the pressure on the Tri-Lakes and slow down the rate of its rise, the outflow through the Buckhorn dam will be increased today.

Under these circumstances, all near shore areas should be considered dangerous. Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous, banks wet, slippery and may be undercut. Kawartha Conservation maintains a FLOOD WARNING for the entire watershed and is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all 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.

*Photo: Geoff Coleman

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