Water Conditions Statement – Water Safety issued February 7, 2020

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Message #2020-10

Issued: 3:30 p.m., Friday February 07, 2020

SUBJECT: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY issued for all watercourses / waterbodies in the geographical jurisdiction of Otonabee Conservation. 

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 Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is issued when high flows, ice or other factors could be dangerous, but flooding is not expected.

CURRENT WATERSHED CONDITIONS and RISK:  Ice jamming is a concern in local watercourses because conditions are favourable for frazil ice generation (extreme cold air temperatures, turbulent water flows and open channels). Therefore, during this period of favourable conditions for frazil ice generation, Otonabee Conservation is advising municipalities and local visitors, residents and business owners to be watchful of rapidly changing water levels because frazil ice generation can lead to ice jamming, and ice jamming can cause floods and flood damages.

To obtain information regarding water levels and operations along the Trent-Severn Waterway, please refer to the Trent-Severn Waterway’s Water Management InfoNet available at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet/niveau-eau-water-levels .  Water level and flow data for the Ouse, Indian and Otonabee River watersheds can be viewed on the Water Survey of Canada website: https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/search/real_time_e.html    Active hydrometric stations available on-line at the Water Survey of Canada’s – Water Office website are, as follows:

Ouse River Ouse River at Norwood 02HJ011
Ouse River Ouse River near Westwood 02HJ003
Indian River Indian River at Hope Mill Dam 02HJ009
Otonabee River Otonabee River near Robinsons Island 02HJ010
Otonabee River Baxter Creek at Millbrook 02HJ007
Otonabee River Jackson Creek near Jackson Heights 02HJ006
Otonabee River Jackson Creek at Peterborough 02HJ001

In addition, all area watercourses and waterbodies are experiencing dangerously high water levels / flows, slippery banks and extremely cold water temperatures. It is most important, therefore, that area residents and visitors stay SAFE by Staying Away From the Edge of all watercourses / waterbodies – lakes, canals, rivers, streams, creeks, wetlands and drainage ditches.    


Gord Earle| Flood Forecasting & Warning Duty Officer | 705-745-5791 x 214

250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough, ON K9H 7M9orcafloodduty@otonabeeconservation.com | Flood Watch Hotline 705-745-5791 x 228