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Lake Ontario water levels rise as Trent River drops

As water levels and flows in the upstream areas of the Trent River watershed are now finally starting to decline, a Flood Warning remains in effect for Trenton and Hastings.

Lower Trent Conservation says over the weekend the Burnt and Gull Rivers and Kawartha Lakes began dropping, however water levels on Rice Lake at Harwood showed increases on Saturday and Sunday.

Residents living in low lying, floodplain areas along Rice Lake and the Trent River within Alnwick/Haldimand, Trent Hills and Quinte West should anticipate water levels to begin to stabilize in the next several days.

With no significant rain in the long range forecast, it’s anticipated the water levels will start a gradual decline through the later part of this week.

The flood warning issued for Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte earlier this month also remains as water levels have surpassed record highs.  An update is expected Friday.

The water level measured at Cobourg is 75.77 metres above sea level which is 7 cm above the Lake Ontario 100 year flood elevation of 75.5 metres above sea level.

Residents living in flooded areas should take actions to protect themselves and their property.  Homeowners affected by flooding should be aware that electrical, well and septic systems may be compromised.  The public is urged to pay close attention to Health Unit guidelines for ensuring safe drinking water.

 

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