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KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Conservation is warning community members to stay clear of waterways this week.
No flooding problems are currently underway, or currently anticipated, so this is more of a precautionary stance on Kawartha Conservation’s part. However, the combination of precipitation and melting snow is said to produce an ‘increased runoff and elevated water levels in local watercourses.’
So, how can one keep themselves and their families safe? According to Kawartha Conservation, under these expected conditions, all local rivers, streams and lakes should be considered ‘extremely dangerous.’
“Riverbanks are slippery and unsafe, ice cover may become unstable and hazardous. Kawartha Conservation is warning all residents to stay away from water bodies,” an official release stated.
Not only does this apply to actual bodies of water, but also to bridges, culverts, and dams.
“Children should be warned of dangerous conditions and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside,” stated Kawartha Conservation.
Kawartha Conservation is responsible for monitoring weather and watershed conditions: which include, river flows, snow pack, and precipitation amounts. The organization uses this information to predict when flooding will occur and how high the water might rise.
The Standard was interested to see what else Kawartha Conservation does; we learned that aside from monitoring, Kawartha Conservation is also trusted to issue flood notices to the municipal emergency management team, the media, and also through its own channels. Residents are able to sign up for email notifications through Kawartha Conservation’s website, at http://kawarthaconservation.com.
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