Each spring, areas in the municipality are prone to flooding due to the spring thaw. Residents who live or have property near flood prone areas are urged to take time now to ensure they are subscribed to our municipal flooding news and take proactive steps to prepare for the season.

Kawartha Conservation is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near bodies of water, particularly around this time of year, and urges people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.

Although we have experienced a few thaws this winter, the snow cover that is currently observed throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed is typical for the beginning of March. The ground remains frozen and local rivers, streams and lakes are covered in ice. As the weather becomes warmer the melting snow and potential rain contribute to higher water levels and increased flows in local rivers and lakes.

Slippery and unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very dangerous conditions close to any body of water. Ice cover will weaken and become unstable.

Be safe this spring by remembering the following tips

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water

  • Avoid all recreational activities in or around water

  • Always stay off closed roads

  • If you are near to flooded roads or fast-moving water, do not attempt to drive or walk through the current

  • If you live close to the water, move objects such as patio furniture and  barbeques away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during the spring high water

Stay informed: Public safety is always our top priority. During flooding roads will be closed if they are deemed to be unsafe.

  • All road closures and re-openings are posted on our website at newsroom at

  • Sign up to receive email updates by subscribing to the newsroom at

  • You can also follow the City on Twitter for frequent road closures and flooding information (@kawarthalakes).

  • Like the City on Facebook for a daily summary of road closures and re-openings during flood season. (@kawarthalakes).

  • Contact the City’s customer service department Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm at 705-324-9411 or 1-888-822-2225 and press 0.