Otonabee Conservation issues water safety statement for watershed region

Rainfall and warm temperatures over next two days may result in high flows and unsafe banks

Stream in winter. (Photo: Otonabee Conservation)

Otonabee Conservation has issued a water safety statement for the entire Otonabee watershed region.

A water safety statement is issued when conditions, such as high flows and unsafe banks, pose a serious safety risk.

Warm air temperatures and rain are expected throughout the Otonabee watershed region over the next two days. Rainfall is expected to begin Monday evening (February 4) and continue into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 millimetres are expected.

The mild air temperatures will reach a maximum of 10°C this afternoon and stabilize at 6°C overnight, before dropping below zero by Tuesday afternoon.

Otonabee Conservation is advising area residents to keep away from all water bodies and 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 and ponding.

The water safety statement remains in effect until Wednesday, February 6.

The Otonabee Conservation watershed region. (Map: Otonabee Conservation)
The Otonabee Conservation watershed region. (Map: Otonabee Conservation)