Heavy rain on Friday likely to worsen flooding conditions in the Kawarthas

Rain will begin overnight on Thursday, with 20 to 40 millimetres possible by Friday night

Car on flooded road during heavy rain

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for the entire Kawarthas region, with a forecast of significant rain on Friday (April 26).

As the result of a Texas low pressure system that will track across southern Ontario on Friday, rain (heavy at times) will move into central and eastern Ontario overnight on Thursday and continue through Friday into Friday evening.

Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 millimetres are forecast by late Friday night. Local amounts exceeding 50 millimetres are possible.

The forecasted rainfall will likely worsen existing flooding conditions in the Kawarthas. On Wednesday (April 24), the Township of Minden Hills declared a state of emergency due to rising water levels.

For information concerning flooding, please consult your local Conservation Authority or Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District office.