Rainfall warning continues for the Kawarthas until Saturday

Up to 70mm of rain possible, Otonabee Conservation updates flood warning

Ponding of rainwater in the soccer fields on May 5 at Beavermead Park in Peterborough. (Photo: kawarthaNOW)
Ponding of rainwater in the soccer fields on May 5 at Beavermead Park in Peterborough. (Photo: kawarthaNOW)

Environment Canada is continuing the rainfall warning for the Kawarthas region on Friday (May 5).

As of 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Environment Canada has reported the following rainfull totals:

  • 51.8mm in Trent
  • 48.3mm in Cobourg
  • 33.8 mm in Peterborough
  • 25.3 mm in Bancroft

Rain is forecast to persist through Saturday, as the weather system responsible for the precipition stalls over the region. The rain will be heaviest on Friday evening, with another 10 to 15 mm forecast, after which it should become lighter.

The total amount of rain may reach 70mm before the system moves out of the area.

With the ground already saturated, there is the potential for local flooding, particularly in low-lying areas. Keep children and pets away from creeks and river banks. Consider moving valuable items in your basement to higher levels.

Otonabee Conservation has also updated its Flood Warning for the area. Current watershed conditions, combined with the latest weather forecast, suggest that water levels on the Kawartha Lakes (Buckhorn, Chemong, Pigeon, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear and Katchewanooka Lakes) could experience unprecedented heights in the coming days.

Residents on these lakes are advised to prepare now by taking appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property. In particular, the following known historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning (note that this is not an exhaustive list):

Lake Name Location Municipality Location Description
Pigeon Selwyn Kingfisher Drive
Pigeon Selwyn Fothergill Drive
Buckhorn Selwyn Rabbit Run Road
Buckhorn Selwyn Shannon Drive
Buckhorn Selwyn Duffus Drive
Buckhorn Selwyn Roger Place
Buckhorn Selwyn Emerald Isle
Buckhorn Selwyn Greenwood Island
Buckhorn Selwyn Fire Route 19
Lower Buckhorn Selwyn Fire Route 22 / 23
Lower Buckhorn Selwyn Fire Route 25a
Lower Buckhorn Selwyn Victoria Springs
Lower Buckhorn Selwyn Deer Bay
Chemung Selwyn Newforest Drive
Chemung Selwyn Gifford Causeway
Chemung Selwyn Gifford Drive
Chemung Selwyn Pinehurst Ave
Chemung Selwyn Selwyn Shores Drive
Chemung Selwyn Upper Chemung Drive
Chemung Selwyn Fire Route 14b
Lovesick Selwyn Spring Lane N
Clear Selwyn Ayotte’s Point Lane
Clear Selwyn Youngs Point
Clear Douro – Dummer South Beach Rd
Clear Douro – Dummer Monroe Island Area
Clear Douro – Dummer Salmon Bay Rd
Katchewanooka Selwyn Fire Route 55
Katchewanooka Douro – Dummer Englewood Lane
Stony Selwyn Rock Crossway Lane
Stony Douro – Dummer Juniper Island
Stony Douro – Dummer McCracken’s Landing
Stony Douro – Dummer Hawkins Line
Stony Douro – Dummer Moore Island
Stony Douro – Dummer Gilchrist Bay
Stony Douro – Dummer Gibson Island
Stony Douro – Dummer Puffers Shore Road
Stony Douro – Dummer South Bay Shore Rd
Stony Douro – Dummer Fire Route 31

The Otonabee River may also experience unprecedented water levels and flows as a result of current watershed conditions when combined with the updated weather forecast. Residents located in historically flood-prone areas should take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property ahead of the rising waters. In particular, the following known flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning: Cambelltown; Rosa Landing Road; Bensfort Bridge area; Jones Road; Deyell Road; Seven Oaks Drive; Wallace Point area; Cedar Bank Road; Green Acres Road; and, Willow Road / Matchett Line area (note that this is not an exhaustive list).

As the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River rise, there may also be backwater and tailwater conditions that cause flooding on the tributaries to these waterbodies and watercourses including, but are not limited to, Ray’s, Sawer, Jackson, Meade, Byersville, Riverview, Tompson, Bears, Cavan, Baxter and Squirrel Creeks.

Throughout the remainder of the Otonabee Region watershed, significant pooling and ponding can be expected in low-lying areas where there is poor drainage. As well, local rivers (Indian and Ouse Rivers) and creeks, which are already flowing at rates well above normal, will continue to experience very high flows and may even exceed their normal confines in those areas of low sidewalls and banks. Area residents located in historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to prepare.

Area residents as well as visitors to the are, are advised to observe caution around all waterbodies and watercourses because area lakes, rivers, streams and creeks pose a serious danger due to high levels, very fast flows and extremely cold water temperatures. Dams, culverts and other water control and water conveyance structures should be avoided at all times.

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