Flood risk and water dangers nearing in Kawartha Lakes

Flooding. 

It's that time of year again - with the ending of winter comes the spring thaw and subsequent flooding.

The City of Kawartha Lakes is reminding residents who live or have property near flood prone areas to subscribe to its municipal flooding news and take proactive steps to prepare for the season.

"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," a media release from the city reads.

The city is also urging everyone, including pets, to stay far away from any water areas as the edges and banks will become slippery and unstable. In addition to extremely cold water temperatures, strong currents and any ice will be weaken and become unstable. 

Drivers are also asked to not drive on flooded roads.