FLOOD WATCH issued for the Otonabee Region watershed

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

This FLOOD WATCH is issued to alert municipalities, residents, and businesses that flood conditions are a possibility along the shores of the Region’s lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, and wetlands (excluding the Kawartha Lakes, Otonabee River, and Rice Lake)

The weather forecast states that a low pressure system will enter our Region Sunday, December 8th bringing with it 48-hours of above-zero air temperatures and a total of 15 millimeters of rainfall. The air temperatures and rainfall forecasted for Sunday / Monday are expected to significantly reduce the amount of snow on the ground, producing total run-off in the amount of 20 millimeters, possibly more.  On Tuesday, December 10th, below-zero air temperatures will return and any continuing precipitation will be in the form of snow.

There is a potential for nuisance or minor flooding in some of the watershed’s low-lying areas due to the amount of run-off from rainfall / snowmelt, combined with discontinuous frozen ground conditions.  As a minimum, the expected snowmelt / rainfall run-off will result in accumulations and ponding of water on the ground where there is poor drainage, and higher-than-normal water levels and flows in the area’s rivers, streams, creeks, and wetlands. As a minimum, area municipalities, residents, and businesses can expect potentially hazardous conditions, such as water on the road in some locations.

With this message, the Otonabee Conservation advises area residents to:
1) have a watchful eye for possible flooding;
2) keep away from all waterbodies / watercourses, and conveyance structures (e.g., dams, culverts and bridges); and,
3) stay clear of anywhere that water can be seen to be accumulating and ponding. 

This FLOOD WATCH message will be in effect until TUESDAY, December 10th, 2019.


For more information, please contact:
Gord 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