Area Alert Issued On Flooding & Dangerous Conditions Around Moving Bodies Of Water

The ongoing rainfall and snowmelt is causing a significantly increased volume of water entering the Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to a City of Peterborough media release. 

As a result of the current conditions, the Wastewater Treatment Plant is now in secondary by-pass mode. This means that while all of the sewage will be screened and will receive primary treatment and UV disinfection, it will not receive the secondary polishing treatment. Residents downstream of Peterborough who draw water from the river are advised to take necessary precautions and boil water.

PTBOCanada file photo

PTBOCanada file photo

The City of Peterborough is asking residents to reduce water consumption to help alleviate the volume of water flowing through the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Residents can reduce their water consumption by taking short showers instead of baths, limiting or delaying loads of laundry, and turning off taps while brushing teeth and doing dishes.
 
In addition, area 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.
 
To help prevent basement flooding, people are encouraged to check that ice and snow is cleared from eavestroughs and downspouts, and ensure that groundwater is diverted away from building foundations.

More rain is forecast to fall Tuesday night (about 10 to 15 mm), before tapering off Wednesday morning.

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Rainfall Warning In Effect For Area

A rainfall warning has been issued for the area. Several rounds of rain will continue all day and all of the night on Tuesday, producing rainfall amounts of 25 mm to 40 mm through Wednesday morning.

Since very mild conditions are accompanying the rain, considerable snowmelt is anticipated. As a result, localized flooding is likely in low-lying areas.

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Magical Light Pillars Over Peterborough Last Night

Local photographer Jay Callaghan captured these beautiful light pillars over Peterborough on Tuesday night.

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The photos were taken by Jay near Parkhill Road and Brealey Drive...

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Here's What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like In Lakefield

Tim Rollwagen, an instructor at Lakefield College School, took stunning photos of the solar eclipse on Monday (August 21st) from his driveway in Lakefield.

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Rollwagen, an outdoors/adventure seeker and weather junkie, tells PTBOCanada he took the photos between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. using a Canon Rebel SL1 camera.

"Having the chance to see this doesn't come around all that often in your life," he tells PTBOCanada. "We have to embrace the wonder of the world when it's here."

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Rollwagen, who looks forward to the total eclipse expected in 2024—"it would be great to share it with my daughters when they are older"—adds that if you look closely (see the top photo), you can see a bird flying through in one of them. Pretty neat.

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

As Rollwagen tweeted, the clouds only enhanced the dramatic pictures...

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Ennismore Woman Recounts Terrifying Lightning Strike On Camp Site

Tonya Kraan had a scary experience while camping at Silent Lake Provincial Park Friday night with family during the lightening storm that many in the Kawarthas experienced.

Tonya was in a tent when the camp site beside her took a direct hit.

She posted this photo below to Facebook showing where it hit: the light strip on the trunk is where the bark peeled off the tree after the strike and chunks hit the ground. "The tree is 1 foot from the trailer in the site beside us," Kraan says. "They had a fireball in their trailer but the fire didn't ignite."

Tonya Kraan (photo via Facebook)

Tonya Kraan (photo via Facebook)

In a prior Facebook post, she describes the damage done to trailers: "We were in tents. Split a tree and fireball went through their trailer. Shot through our site to the comfort station and knocked out the electrical on their water system. Then it shot over to a trailer on the other side of the station and blew their lights and electrical system. All vehicles in its path fried their electronics. Lots of tow trucks en route. Everyone is safe. No injuries. None of us slept a wink..... cant wait to get home and crawl into bed......"

Tonya tells PTBOCanada her tent was about 50 feet north of this tree pictured. They were on the site directly beside theirs...

Picture via Joe Kraan

Picture via Joe Kraan

"The flash was the scariest thing I've ever seen," Kraan adds. "I thought for sure it hit a foot from our tent. My arms were tingling for a minute or two. I was lying on the ground in my sleeping bag. Apparently lying down is the worst position when lightning strikes!!!"

Kraan says it's the worst and last camping trip she'll ever take. "I will never watch a lightning storm the same way again," she tells PTBOCanada.com. "When the strike happened, it felt like a direct hit. The heat and the shock felt like nothing I can really describe. It was like a million car lights coming on at the exact same time—the brightest light I have ever seen. I was lying down in my sleeping bag in our tent and my arms felt like pins and needles for about 15 minutes. I won't ever feel safe camping in a tent again, anywhere."

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ORCA Warns About Potential Of Serious Flooding In Kawarthas

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Warning Update for all watercourses and waterbodies within the Otonabee Region watershed.

Current watershed conditions, combined with the latest weather forecast, suggest that water levels on the Kawartha Lakes (Buckhorn, Chemong, Pigeon, Lower Buckhorn, Lovesick, Stony, Clear and Katchewanooka Lakes) could experience unprecedented heights in the coming days. Therefore, residents on these lakes are advised to prepare now by taking appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property.

In particular, the following known historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning (note that this is not an exhaustive list)...

In addition, the Otonabee Conservation advises that the Otonabee River may also experience unprecedented water levels/flows as a result of current watershed conditions, combined with the updated weather forecast.

Therefore, residents located in historically flood-prone areas are hereby advised to take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their family members, their pets and their personal property ahead of the rising waters. In particular, the following known flood-vulnerable areas are advised to take heed of this flood warning: Cambelltown; Rosa Landing Road; Bensfort Bridge area; Jones Road; Deyell Road; Seven Oaks Drive; Wallace Point area; Cedar Bank Road; Green Acres Road; and, Willow Road / Matchett Line area (note that this is not an exhaustive list).

As the Kawartha Lakes and Otonabee River rise, there may also be backwater and/or tailwater conditions that cause flooding on the tributaries to these waterbodies / watercourses including, but are not limited to, Ray’s, Sawer, Jackson, Meade, Byersville, Riverview, Tompson, Bears, Cavan, Baxter and Squirrel Creeks.

Furthermore, throughout the remainder of the Otonabee Region watershed, significant pooling/ponding can be expected in low lying areas where there is poor drainage. As well, local rivers (Indian and Ouse Rivers) and creeks, which are already flowing at rates well-above normal, will continue to experience very high flows, and may even exceed their normal confines in those areas of low sidewalls/banks. Hence, area residents located in historical flood-vulnerable areas are advised to prepare.

Also, area residents, as well as visitors to the area, are advised to observe caution around all waterbodies and watercourses because area lakes, rivers, streams and creeks pose a serious danger due to high levels, very fast flows and extremely cold water temperatures. Dams, culverts and other water control/water conveyance structures are to be avoided at all times.

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Dramatic Lightning Pictures Over Peterborough Last Night

There was quite a lighting show Thursday night (April 27th) in Peterborough, and local weather photographer Jay Callaghan captured stunning pictures that he posted to his Facebook page CaltekDesign.

"All the shots were taken from Whittington Drive overlooking the airport." Callaghan tellls PTBOCanada. "The close strike was at the airport, the other three were in the direction of Kawartha Downs."

Look at them below...

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UPDATED: Major Winter Storm Possible, We Could See Up To 15 Centimetres Of Snow

UPDATED Monday, March 13th: An update from Environment Canada 

-> Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm are expected by Wednesday.

-> Snow will develop this evening or overnight and continue into Wednesday morning.

-> Northeast winds gusting to 50 km/h are also expected Tuesday resulting in localized blowing snow. Travel conditions Tuesday into Wednesday morning may be hazardous as a result of snow and blowing snow.

-> Snow will taper to scattered flurries Wednesday as the low pressure system moves east.

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Spring may be days away, but don't tell that to Mother Nature. A special weather statement has been issued, with 15 to 25 centimetres possible.

Snow is forecast to begin over Southwestern Ontario during the day Monday (March 13th), then spread over much of the remainder of Southern Ontario Monday night through Tuesday. Cold Arctic air already in place over the Great Lakes will result in a dry fluffier snow, resulting in localized blowing snow as winds strengthen during the storm.

Digging out from a snowfall back in the day in Peterborough

Digging out from a snowfall back in the day in Peterborough

Environment Canada says this snowstorm has the potential to significantly affect travel due to accumulating snow and blowing snow, resulting in hazardous winter driving conditions.

Let's hope Jay Callaghan is right, and we won't get hit full-on...

Of course, whatever the case, we have better plows now then we had back in the day to clear those roads. Here's an old school snow sweeper (see more old plow pictures here)...

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How The STSCO Makes The Decision On School Bus Cancellations

Curious what goes into the decision making for Student Transportation Services of Ontario (STSCO) in Peterborough on how they decide on school bus cancellations? In his own words, here is what Joel Sloggett—Chief Administrative Officer with STSCO—says are the key factors that goes into their thinking...

1. When it comes to bus and transportation service cancellation decision making, our priority consideration is the safety of students. The journey to school for many students involves walking to a bus stop, waiting for the bus, boarding the bus and travelling through its route on the way to school, with the opposite occurring for the afternoon ride home. Looking at this journey, safety considerations include the students walking to stops, standing along roadsides and then travelling on the bus. The bottom line is that we must collectively focus on children’s safety and err on the side of caution as necessary.

2. In terms of the steps in the decision making process, STSCO and its bus companies work together to monitor forecasts and weather alerts on a daily basis throughout the school year. When a winter weather forecast calls for inclement weather—such as significant freezing rain or significant snow and poor visibility—we are on heightened alert.
 
3. Bus companies and myself, or my designate, coordinate beginning at about 5:30 a.m. on the day of inclement weather. Companies have drivers and staff who are dispersed across our three county jurisdiction (Peterborough, Northumberland and Clarington) and who assist in weather monitoring. We also contact municipal roads officials when necessary to discuss the situation.
 
4. If it is determined that weather warrants consideration of busing cancellation for one or more of the three county areas, our goal is to post the same on our website and on social media [Twitter and Facebook] by 6:00 a.m. We also communicate such decisions to radio and television outlets so they can help get the word out.

5. STSCO’s website has a function on the main page where families can sign up for automatic alerts regarding bus cancellations and delays. This is particularly useful on days when a small number of bus routes are cancelled (as opposed to the regional cancellation) or on days when some routes are delayed for any reason—weather related or not. (Note: Sometimes individual routes have to be cancelled due to the particular area or roads travelled and an example might be routing in the far northern part of our jurisdiction where weather might be a concern while it is not in the rest of the County or area.)
 
6. Families can also access delay and cancellation information on our website directly by pressing on the Delay and Cancellation Exception button on the right side of the main page.
 
7. It should be emphasized again that all involved in inclement weather decision making are committed to ensuring safe transport of students while also understanding that any cancellation decisions have an impact on families as arrangements need to be made to ensure young children are taken care of during the cancelled transportation day. Over the years, bus companies and ourselves have done the best job possible in making the right decisions and meeting expectations for getting students to school safely.

Joel Sloggett, STSCO

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Look At These Pictures & Timelapse Of A Lightning Show Near Peterborough

Lakefield's Tim Rollwagen captured dramatic pictures and video of the intense lightning show that happened early Monday morning (July 25th) that shows the extent of the lightning storm.

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Rollwagen tells PTBOCanada the photos and video were taken just off Hwy 28 between Lakefield and Peterborough where the Leahy's fruit and vegetable stand is at County Rd 33, and overlooks a small marshy lake called Buckley Lake.

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

"It was one of the best lightning shows I've seen in quite awhile," Rollwagen tells PTBOCanada. "Usually it's hard to get a few good shots but Mother Nature made it easy last night and I had the right vantage point."

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

"I shot the pictures from inside the car out a window," Rollwagen tells PTBOCanada. "Me and this hill have a history...as you know." (The history Rollwagen is referring to can be read about in this post from summer 2014.)

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Photo by Tim Rollwagen

Rollwagen also created a timelapse from the 45 minutes of footage he captured. Watch it below...

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