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CRCA Watershed Conditions Statements - Water Safety, Flood Watch

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA)

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - May 14, 2019
 
Water Managers in the Cataraqui Region are seeing higher than normal flows through dams for this time of year due to recent rainfall.
 
With the attention of some residents now shifting to the boating season, CRCA is urging caution around dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast flowing watercourses. Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.
 
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until June 5, 2019.

Flood Watch Update for Inland Lakes - May 15, 2019
 
Total rainfall amounts this month (80 mm in Kingston) have already exceeded the monthly average for May (75 mm in Kingston), resulting in high water levels on area lakes. Wet weather is expected to continue over the following week, with uncertainty as to the forecasted rainfall amounts.
 
The following areas have been added to this Flood Watch:
 
Athens and Lyn Area                                      Buell’s & Butlers Creek Watershed
            Centre Lake                                                    Buell’s & Butlers Creeks
            Lees Pond                                                       Buell’s Creek Detention Basin
            Temperance Lake                                           Buell’s Creek Reservoir (Broome-Runciman)
           
Upper Beverley Lake has been removed from Flood Watch status.
 
Flood Watch remains in effect for:
 
Cataraqui River Watershed                            Gananoque River Watershed
Colonel By Lake                                             Lower Beverley Lake
Cranberry Lake                                               Singleton Lake                       
Sand Lake                                                      
 
Flooding of low-lying areas around these lakes is a possibility.
 
Water Managers continue to operate area dams to pass flows down through the system and prevent flooding impacts as much as possible.
 
Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, are advised to remove items stored in the floodplains of area watercourses and lakes.
 
Widespread flooding is NOT expected. If you witness flooding and/or require assistance your first point of contact is the local municipality. Depending on the municipality, they may have sandbags on hand for residents, should they require them.
 
With the attention of some residents now shifting to the boating season, CRCA is urging caution around dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast flowing watercourses. Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.
 
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts and will update statements as needed. This Flood Watch Statement will remain in effect until (or updated before) May 22, 2019. For up to date flooding information, please visit the CRCA’s flood forecasting and information page at www.crca.ca/flood
 
See below for watershed conditions terminology:

Normal: No flood conditions exist
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
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.