KINGSTON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has issued a Flood Warning today for inland lakes and streams.
Creeks have begun to rise following 15 – 25 mm of rain overnight and this morning. Another 40 – 50 mm is expected. Inland lakes are expected to rise above spring levels. Widespread flooding may occur or is already occurring in the affected areas.
Water managers continue to conduct operations to minimize effects of this widespread flood event impacting all jurisdictions, beyond the CRCA watershed.
Inundation has been reported on several shoreland areas, and in general inland lakes are already high. Widespread flooding is a possibility 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 – Sand Lake
– Loughborough Lake – Delta – Dog Lake
* connected lakes and watercourses, associated with the above list, may also be affected.
Water managers will continue to monitor conditions, forecasts, and update statements as needed.
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.
Residents concerned about protecting their properties with sandbags should contact their municipality for more information.
This Flood Warning will remain in effect until May 10, 2017.