Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety message issued March 13th

Please be advised that Otonabee Conservation has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety message issued for the whole of the geographical area of the Otonabee Region watershed.

This message was issued to the 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 Otonabee Conservation other partners in overland flood emergency management.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety message is issued in response to hazardous conditions that pose a serious personal safety risk, such as expected higher than normal water flows in area rivers and streams, and possible slippery and unstable banks.

Weather Outlook: A low pressure weather system is moving into our region bringing rain and above seasonal temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday before leaving the area on Friday.

Rain Outlook: On Wednesday (March 13th) 5 millimeters of liquid precipitation is expected to fall across the whole of the Otonabee Region watershed, as well as the Trent-Severn Waterway’s Reservoir Lakes region to the north.  On Thursday another 10 millimeters is expected across the Otonabee Region watershed, while the Reservoir Lakes region will receive 20 millimeters.

Temperature Outlook: Air temperatures will steadily rise Wednesday through Thursday. As a result, there will be approximately 60-hours of continuous melt of the snowpack until temperatures drop back below zero on Friday night.

Flood Outlook: No overland flooding is expected. Municipalities and residents can, however, expect localized urban flooding including, ditches and catch basins that will not drain due to blockages, and low-lying areas where rain and snowmelt accumulate.  Also, the combination of rain, snowmelt and frozen ground conditions will combine to create other hazards such as slippery and unstable banks, unsafe ice, and extremely cold, open water conditions.  Otonabee Conservation is, therefore, advising area residents to keep away from all waterbodies / watercourses, as well as dams, culverts, bridges and other water conveyance structures, and to also observe extreme caution anywhere water can be seen to be accumulating or ponding.

Otonabee Conservation staff continues to monitor conditions, and will provide updates as warranted.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety message will remain in effect until Saturday, March 16, 2019.