Flood Warning: Water Levels Will Continue To Rise Along Otonabee River And Kawartha Lakes

The City of Peterborough has put out the following media release on Sunday (May 7th) afternoon. Read it below...

Photo By Evan Holt

Photo By Evan Holt

"A flood warning remains in effect for the City of Peterborough. The Otonabee Conservation has advised that despite easing precipitation, water levels will continue to rise along the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River over the next few days.

Residents are reminded of the dangerous conditions posed by the wet ground and fast flowing water, and are advised to stay well back of the shorelines of area lakes, rivers and streams. Similarly, residents are asked to remain away from dam structures and piers.

The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has resumed normal operation. The boil water advisory is no longer in effect for residents downstream of the Wastewater Treatment Plant who draw water from the river. The flows through the plant remain very high due to recent weather conditions. Residents are asked to continue water conservation efforts to help relieve pressure on the plant.

City residents in low lying areas along the Otonabee River are encouraged to monitor water level changes on their properties, and to take necessary precautions to protect life and property.

The City of Peterborough Public Works Department will continue to provide limited sandbags for lower entry points on foundations such as doorways and window wells (not for riverbanks), to City residents in imminent danger of flooding. Sandbags are available today (Sunday) until 7:00 PM, at the following locations:

-> Crawford Drive at Barbara Crescent (east end)
-> Riverside Drive at Cameron Street
-> Riverside Drive at Spruce Avenue Sherin Avenue at Collison Park

Sandbags will be available tomorrow (Monday), between 8 AM – 4 PM, at the following locations:

-> Riverside Drive at Spruce Avenue
-> Sherin Avenue at Collison Park

Proof of City of Peterborough property address is required. Filling, delivery, placement, and removal of sandbags will be the owner’s responsibility.

Properties that are susceptible to flooding may also consider sourcing supplies such as pumps, generators and sand bags from local rental companies, hardware stores and landscape suppliers.

If at anytime city residents feel that they are in immediate danger by rising water, they should call 9-1-1.

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