Monday, July 07, 2014
TRENT FEEDER LAKES AT CAPACITY
The by product of these teaming downpours that seem to come at least one day every week is the that lake levels in cottage country are pretty much at capacity and way above the normal high water levels for this time of year. Good news for the Great Lakes with lots more water coming that way ... but cottagers are on edge as any heavy downpour sustained for a day or two could take the lakes from capacity to flood levels. Many roads in the Haliburton region have already been flooded or washed out and that is unusual for July, a peak summer month.
Most of the Gull River (Haliburton) water shed has now peaked it’s historic highs for July. Kawartha watershed is also very high and will likely peak July historic levels by mid July. Although the Severn watershed is also high, Lake Simcoe has some some room left for the feeder system moving north. With new heavy downpours already in the forecast it is likely that there could be some flooding in the feeder lake chains north of Minden as they are already sitting over the high water mark. Folks in that area are crossing their fingers that they don’t have a repeat of the situation in the spring of 2013 where heavy rains accompanied by already high water levels caused major damage in the Haliburton feeder lake region. Boaters travelling on the Trent Canal in the Trent and Kawartha regions should prepare themselves for some stronger than normal currents in July as excess water makes it’s way down through the system.