Lower Trent Conservation advises municipalities and the public that the Flood Watch issued for the Trent River from Hastings to Trenton is still in effect. This update is to provide information on the conditions on the system and expectations into next week.
Based on the current 5 day forecast, the Lower Trent Conservation watershed will experience above normal air temperatures with a rainfall event forecasted for Sunday April 16th and Monday April 17th. Potential rainfall amounts vary from 10 to 25mm of precipitation.
The Trent River system is still in full spring freshet and Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways (Trent-Severn Waterway) are currently managing water throughout the entire Trent-Severn waterway. Water levels and flows on the Trent River are steady; however, potential increases to water levels are flows may occur as a result of any ongoing water management.
Lower Trent Conservation will be maintaining contact through the weekend with Parks Canada, the Provincial Surface Water Monitoring Centre and neighbouring Conservation Authorities to ensure we are aware of all dam operations and conditions that may affect the water levels on local waterways.
While the potential dangers presented by rivers, small streams and open ditches never cease to exist, they are of particular concern during these spring freshet conditions. Water currents could be strong and temperatures are still cold. Parents and caregivers are advised to keep children and pets away from all waterways. Areas around dams, culverts and bridges should be avoided at all times. Any remaining river and lake ice are not safe at this time.
Lower Trent Conservation monitors water levels and weather forecasts closely as part of its flood forecasting and warning program. Daily water level updates are available at www.LTC.on.ca. If you have concerns about water levels, please contact Lower Trent Conservation at (613) 394-4829. Anyone having concerns about water levels on the Trent River can contact Parks Canada (705)-750-4950 or [email protected].
This Flood Outlook Statement for local creeks and streams and the Trent River will be in effect until Wednesday, April 19, 2023.