CRCA Reports Inland Lakes Water Levels Returning to Normal

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Loughborough Lake

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) reported this morning it has reduced the Flood Status for inland lakes, declaring a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety.

Conditions continue to improve at inland lakes in the Cataraqui Region and the CRCA predicts water levels will return to normal in the coming days.

Operations to minimize the effects and pass flows throughout the system are being performed by Water managers. Dams (water control structures) continue to stay open with a flow rate higher than normal for this time of year.

Residents are still advised to exercise caution outdoors around lakes and streams – stay away from deep, fast flowing watercourses, as well as any dams and outflow channels.

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CRCA staff will continue monitoring conditions and forecasts, and issue future statements as required.

This Watershed Conditions Statement remains in effect until August 22, 2017, at which time conditions can be assumed to be normal unless an updated statement is issued.

Watershed Conditions Statement: general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding.

There are two variations of these:

*   Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

*   Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

Photo (Loughborough Lake – cropped): Michael Francis (cc)