Here Is A Look At The Rising Waters Along The Otonabee (And A Notice From Peterborough Public Health)

UPDATE (May 6th): Here is the latest flood warning update/info from the City of Peteborough.



With more rain falling, the lake levels and water flows are still rising—and officials expect that to continue with the current weather conditions. Here are some pictures below and a notice from Peteborough Public Health on drinking water.

Here are the docks at Little Lake...

Here are the banks along the Holiday Inn in Peterborough...

The Holiday Inn has put up flood barrier...

photo by Scott Arnold

photo by Scott Arnold

The Otonabee River South of Lakefield looking angry... (Officials remind people not to go out on boats and canoes on rivers and lakes.)

These culverts around side roads are also dangerous officials say, as the suction can easily hold someone under water...

Here is Lock 19 where the water is as high as the locks and is flowing straight though...

Peterborough Public Health is reminding the public about drinking water safety following the recent notification from the City of Peterborough that the Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant is in by-pass mode.

“The good news is that wastewater entering the Otonabee River is still 99% treated so with the current volumes and rate of flow there should be no significant risk to those downstream and there is no serious risk to public health,” says Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “However, this is still a good reminder to all residents who draw water from wells to take the necessary precautions when flooding occurs to prevent illness.”

People who live south of the sewage treatment plant and draw their water from the river should check that their water treatment systems are functioning properly.

Residents are advised to ensure their wells are safe by testing regularly and using a method of disinfection prior to drinking, especially during flooding periods. Water from flooded wells can be treated and made safe for drinking by rapidly boiling the water for at least one minute or by adding two drops of household bleach per one liter of water, stirring, and allowing the water to sit for 30 minutes before use.

Residents who live on the municipal water system are not impacted.

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