Flooding forces road closures in Kawartha Lakes

Flooding over the weekend has forced officials with the City of Kawartha Lakes to close a number of roads in the north end of the municipality.

“Flooding at the Burnt River area has been occurring and continues into Sunday. Sandbags are being filled for resident pickup at the Burnt River Works Yard,” reads a social media post from the City Sunday (April 21) morning.

“Gull and Black rivers are at very high levels due to snowmelt and continuing precipitation. Water levels are being managed as best as possible but flooding is likely to occur in areas prone to flooding along these rivers. It is expected water levels of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon Lakes will continue to rise gradually.”

In addition to the Burnt River Works Yard, sandbags can also filled and picked up at the Dalton Community Centre and the intersection of Chisholm Trail and Brooks Lane near Black River.

Eight roads have been closed thus far, including: Burnt River Road coming in off the north end at 121; Pinery Road from Winchester to Burnt River Road; Part of Concession Road 9; Shuttleworth Road; Crooked Court; 3rd Road Somerville; 9th Concession Burnt River from County Road 121 to #59; and Monck Road 45 from Kinmount Road 121 Norland to Hwy 35 (due to culvert failure).

“Under current watershed conditions all local rivers, streams, and lakes should be considered extremely dangerous. Riverbanks and shorelines will be slippery and unsafe, and may be undercut,” the post from the City reads.

“Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies, as well as water structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.”

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