- Category: Weather Warning
- Created: Saturday, 06 May 2017 21:27
- Written by EON
KINGSTON ON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has updated its Flood Warning today for inland lakes and streams.
More than 150 mm of rain has fallen across the region since May 1, with another 10 – 20 mm possible for today. Lakes are rising rapidly from the recent rain and have risen as much as 10 – 15 cm overnight.
Thus far, water levels may reach or match those experienced during the flood event of 2014.
And it must be noted that 2014 was a ‘1 in 100-year event’ that saw record levels. Inland lakes and streams are expected to continue to rise for the next few days. Widespread flooding may occur or is already occurring in the affected areas.
Specific locations where water levels are exceptionally high include*:
- Sydenham Lake - Charleston Lake - Opinicon Lake
- Canoe Lake - Gananoque Lake - Cranberry Lake
- Kingsford Lake - Marble Rock Rd. - Colonel By Lake
- Devil Lake - Graham Lake - Newboro Lake
- Buck Lake - Lyndhurst Lake - Sand Lake
- Loughborough Lake - Delta - Dog Lake
- Millhaven Creek - Wilton Creek - Collins Creek
* connected lakes and watercourses, associated with the above list, may also be affected.
Water managers continue to conduct operations to minimize effects of this widespread flood event impacting all jurisdictions, beyond the CRCA watershed.
The CRCA is advising residents to take all precautions necessary to prepare for flooding. If water levels are approaching a building, a sandbag berm may be appropriate. Contact your municipality for further information regarding sandbags. For current flood information and resources on how to prepare for a flood and building a sandbag berm visit www.crca.ca/flood.
Stream and river banks are slippery, water currents are strong, and the water itself remains dangerously cold. The CRCA is urging residents to exercise caution outdoors around lakes and streams, and to stay away from the cold, deep, fast flowing watercourses, as well as any dams or flooded areas.
CRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions, forecasts, and update statements as needed.
This Flood Warning will remain in effect until May 10, 2017.
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourse or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions.
This may include road closures and evacuations.