May 17, 2019 – Flood Warning Update

Subject:         FLOOD WARNING – UPDATE issued for Kawartha Lakes (Buckhorn, Pigeon, Chemong, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear, Katchiwanooka) as well as the Otonabee River and Rice Lake.  

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

A FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring (for details, see text below).

This spring has seen the melting of an above normal snowpack combined with above normal rainfall in both the Haliburton Highlands / Reservoir Lakes and Kawartha Lakes regions. What’s more, another region-wide weather disturbance is forecast to bring more rain this holiday weekend with the potential for particularly significant rainfall amounts in the Haliburton Highlands / Reservoir Lakes area.  As a result, there continues to be extreme high water levels and flows throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway system, and therefore, with this message, the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority is continuing the current Flood Warning for the Kawartha Lakes (Chemong, Buckhorn, Pigeon, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear, Katchewanooka), the Otonabee River and Rice Lake.

The combination of rain, high water levels /flows, and time of year continue to create hazardous conditions on and around area lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands including slippery and unstable banks and extremely cold water conditions.  Otonabee Conservation is, therefore, advising area residents and visitors to continue to observe extreme caution around all waterbodies / watercourses, as well as keep away from dams, culverts, bridges and other water conveyance structures.

Current water level data and information regarding lakes and rivers along the Trent-Severn Waterway is available on-line via Parks Canada’s Ontario Waterways Water Management InfoNet website at

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority will update this FLOOD WARNING no later than 1:00 pm TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019.