Meade Creek Floodplain Mapping Project

What areas are included in this project?

The Meade Creek subwatershed is located on the eastern boundary of the City of Peterborough. A small portion of the creek, approximately nine km2, is located within the city boundaries while the rest is located in the Township of Douro-Dummer and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan. The study area included in this project is located between the Otonabee River and Little Lake and Burnham Line. The creek flows into the study area as two separate branches before joining together north of Old Norwood Road and flowing into Little Lake.

The total drainage area of the Meade Creek Subwatershed is 86 km2. The area included in this floodplain mapping project is ten km2.

Why are we doing this project?

Flooding is one of the biggest natural hazards within the Meade Creek subwatershed. This area has a history of flooding after high rainfall events. On July 14 and July 15, 2004, Peterborough experienced a significant storm event. Over these two days, 250 millimetres of rain fell; resulting in flooding that caused a lot of damage to private and public property.

Some floodplain mapping exists for Meade Creek, but it is outdated and incomplete. Existing mapping will be updated and new mapping created for areas currently un-mapped. The purpose of this project is to create maps that accurately identify areas along the creek that will flood during a Regulatory Storm.

How will the maps be used?

The Meade Creek floodplain maps will allow residents and municipalities to better prepare for, and take action during flooding events. The new floodplain maps will serve three main purposes:

  • provide people currently living along Meade Creek with information about potential flooding on their property;
  • help municipalities and Otonabee Conservation to direct future development outside of the floodplain, to avoid loss of life and property damage, as well as personal injury and stress; and,
  • help identify areas where flooding may impact access to roads and emergency routes, so emergency responders can use alternate routes during flood events.

How were the maps created?

To make the floodplain maps, our engineering, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists created models of how much water flows through the Meade Creek subwatershed and how it behaves during a flooding event. This allows us to create maps showing the floodplain.

Throughout the process, Otonabee Conservation has been in contact with our partnering municipalities, fellow agencies and other key stakeholders and partners.

If you have general questions (i.e., not property specific) about how the maps were created and what the information means to you, please submit these questions to and we will respond to you directly as well as post the answers on this webpage.

When will the maps be available?

The maps will be completed during the summer of 2019. If you would like to be notified of the release of the maps please send an email to