Flood warning continues in Kawartha Lakes watershed

With rain Friday (April 26) and mixed precipitation expected through the weekend, a floor warning remains in effect for the Kawartha Lakes watershed.

The City of Kawartha Lakes issued an update at noon noting that water levels in many lakes and rivers continues to increase.

“Authorities with the Trent-Severn Waterway have confirmed that 36ml of rain has been received with a possibility of an additional 20 ml of mixed precipitation on the way over the weekend. Flows in the Gull River continue to be very fast. The Burnt River has declined but may increase with the precipitation,” it reads.

“A flood warning remains in place for the shoreline areas of Balsam, Cameron, Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is potential for flooding to occur along shorelines, in near shore areas, and in low-lying areas as a large volume of water passes through the Trent River system.”

The release notes that all shoreline areas should be considered dangerous given the circumstances.

“Currents in the vicinity of dams are swift and treacherous, banks wet, slippery and may be undercut. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay a safe distance from all 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,” it reads.

Close to a dozen roads in the area remain closed due to flooding.

Road closures include McNabb Road from Schoolhouse Road to Day Drive; Schoolhouse Road – from McNabb Road to CKL 6; Digby-Laxton from Cty Rd 35 to Monck Road 45; Black River Road from Chisholm Trail to Coopers Falls Road (Muskoka 6); Monck Road 45 is open to local traffic only from Kinmount Road 121 at Kinmount to Hwy 35 at Norland; Wrex Road (Country road 121 to #49); and Northline Road at 5th Concession.

The following roads are open but residents are encouraged to use caution — Bexley-Laxton (west of French Settlement); Vern Court (from #19 to end); Black River Road (from Chisholm Trail to Lewisham); Baker Blvd (from end to North Shore Rd); Doyle Road (south of North Mountain Road); Shankland Drive; Superior Road; Fell Station Drive; Basswood Road (water at the intersection with Bottom Lane) and Shuttleworth Road.


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