High water levels pose flood risk in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes

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WATCH: Up to 50 millimetres of rain over the weekend, coupled with a spring melt up north, is creating a flood risk in area lakes and rivers – Apr 21, 2019

After three days, the rain has finally stopped, but water levels in rivers and lakes throughout the Peterborough region continue to rise.

The Otonabee River at Peterborough’s Lock 19 has experienced rising water levels, with high water covering the Scotts Mills dam and its nearby jetties.

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Officials at the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority say the 50 or so millimetres of rain, coupled with the spring melt further north, will result in flooding of low-lying and flood-prone areas along the shores of the Kawartha Lakes, the Otonabee River and south to Rice Lake.

The situation is expected to continue for the next few days.

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On Monday morning at 9 a.m. the City of Kawartha Lakes reported the following road closures:

  • Burnt River Road coming in off the north end at 121
  • Pinery Road closed from Winchester to Burnt River Road
  • Part of Concession Road 9
  • Shuttleworth Road
  • Crooked Court
  • 3rd Road Somerville
  • 9th Concession Burnt River closed from County Road 121 to #59
  • Monck Road 45 closed from Kinmount Road 121 Norland to Hwy 35 due to culvert failure
  • Black River Road at Chisholm Trail Road and Cooper’s Falls Road (Muskoka 6) and to Lewisham Lane

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