Burnt River Flooding 2016
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has issued a Flood Warning for the Burnt River Watershed including the Irondale River. A Flood Watch is in effect for the York River Watershed and Black River Watershed. A Flood Outlook remains in effect for the rest of Bancroft District.
20-40mm of rain is expected in our region by Friday. The forecast rain combined with mild temperatures will significantly increase water levels in local lakes, rivers, and streams according to the Ministry. Reservoirs are steadily rising and lood prone areas of the Burnt & Irondale Rivers are expected to be severely impacted should precipitation amounts currently forecast be realized or exceeded.
Officials are advising extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities. Many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts, and may be impassable due to current water levels.
Residents are being asked keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution near fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents who have a historic susceptibility to flooding should take appropriate precautions to protect their property, such as ensuring sump pumps are functioning and securing items that may float away as water levels rise. Information is available on the City’s website at http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/flood-information.
Sand and bags are available at the following locations:
Bobcaygeon depot (62 Duke St.) Limited sandbags available for pickup, sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
Coboconk Public Works depot (2863 County Road #48) Limited sandbags available for pickup, sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
Burnt River Public Works depot (90 County Road #44) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
Dalton Recreation Centre (13 Rumohr Drive) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
Carden Works depot (12 Lake Dalrymple Road) Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself
Chisholm Trail Road (top of hill before bridge to Black River Road) – Sandbags and sand available to fill yourself.