Flood Warning downgraded to Flood Watch, April 6, 2020

Message # 2020-20 

Issued:  12:30 p.m., Monday April 06, 2020

The Flood Warning that was first issued March 30th is down-graded to a FLOOD WATCH.

Issued to: Municipalities of Selwyn, Douro-Dummer, Asphodel-Norwood, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Cavan Monaghan, City of Kawartha Lakes, City of Peterborough and Trent Hills, and Otonabee Conservation’s other partners in flood emergency management.

A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect for the Tri-Lakes (Buckhorn Lake, Chemong Lake, Pigeon Lake), Lower Buckhorn Lake and Deer Bay, Lovesick Lake, Stony Lake, Clear Lake and Katchewanooka Lake, the Otonabee River, Rice Lake and the Trent River to Hastings. This FLOOD WATCH is issued to alert municipalities, residents and businesses that flood conditions are a possibility.

Weather Forecast: 

Mild air temperatures in the Haliburton Lakes / Reservoir Lakes Region will continue to cause continuous snowmelt until Thursday. Starting Thursday cooler air temperatures will slow the melt. Today in the Haliburton Lakes / Reservoir Lakes Region it is sunny, but starting tomorrow afternoon rain will move in. About 5 millimeters of rain will fall on Tuesday and another 5 millimeters will fall on Wednesday before cooler air temperatures bring mixed precipitation on Thursday and continuing through the weekend. In total, this Region is expected to receive about 15 millimeters between Tuesday and Thursday, followed by a total of 5 millimeters between Friday and Sunday.

Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, Rice Lake and Trent River

Due to a lack of precipitation during this past week, inflows from the Haliburton Lakes / Reservoir Lakes Region to the Kawartha Lakes were from snowmelt runoff alone, and even this was tempered by evaporation.  As a result, the inflow of water into the Kawartha Lakes has slowed, albeit slightly. Also, this generally positive trend is not expected to reverse. However, it is too soon to declare the spring freshet along the Trent-Severn Waterway to be entirely over because there is still the possibility of a second pulse, which is a sudden and dramatic increase of inflows from the Haliburton Lakes / Reservoir Lakes to the Kawartha Lakes typically caused by regional-scale rainfall.

Otonabee Conservation continues to advise all area residents and businesses occupying low-lying areas along the shores of the Kawartha Lakes, from the Tri-lakes downstream to Lake Katchewanooka, the Otonabee River, Rice Lake and the Trent River to Hastings to monitor weather forecasts and water levels / flows and be prepared for the possibility of flooding.

Indian, Ouse and Otonabee River Watersheds (not including the Trent-Severn Waterway)

With no significant precipitation forecasted for the whole of this week, conditions will continue improve for these local rivers, streams and creeks.

This FLOOD WATCH message will next be updated no later than Friday, April 10, 2020 before 3 p.m.

Gordon Earle | Flood Forecasting & Warning Duty Officer | 705-745-5791 x 214
250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, ON K9H 7M9
orcafloodduty@otonabeeconservation.com | Flood Watch Hotline 705-745-5791 x 228