RAIN STOPS, FLOOD­ING A WORRY

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The city’s waste­water treat­ment plant was placed on sec­ondary by­pass, mean­ing that wa­ter leav­ing the plant is re­ceiv­ing an ini­tial clean­ing treat­ment but not a fi­nal polishing treat­ment, the city an­nounced Mon­day af­ter­noon.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada recorded 43.8 mil­lime­tres of rain at the Peter­bor­ough Air­port as of 4 p.m. Mon­day, with winds up to 53.6 km/h.

About 70 mm of pre­cip­i­ta­tion also fell from Thurs­day to Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion.

Prop­erty own­ers along the Oton­abee River down­stream of the plant who use pri­vate sys­tems to draw wa­ter from the river were ad­vised to take pre­cau­tions and boil wa­ter.

The city also asked city res­i­dents on mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter to re­duce their wa­ter sys­tem to help curb the wa­ter vol­ume en­ter­ing the waste­water treat­ment plant.

“Res­i­dents can re­duce their wa­ter con­sump­tion by tak­ing short show­ers in­stead of baths, lim­it­ing or de­lay­ing loads of laun­dry, lim­it­ing or de­lay­ing dish­washer use, and turn­ing off taps while brush­ing teeth and do­ing dishes,” a re­lease from the city states.

A flood warn­ing from the Oton­abee Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity and a rain­fall warn­ing for En­vi­ron­ment Canada for Peter­bor­ough and the Kawarthas re­mained in ef­fect Mon­day.

Both the city and Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion are urg­ing peo­ple to stay well back of wa­ter­courses, shore­lines, dams and piers dur­ing the storm.

On Mon­day, Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion up­dated its flood warn­ing that was first is­sued on Satur­day.

“In­flows to the Kawarthas Lakes from the Hal­ibur­ton Lakes re­gion to the north have dra­mat­i­cally in­creased,” the Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion flood warn­ing as of 1 p.m. Mon­day stated.

“Out­flows from the Kawartha Lakes through the Oton­abee River have also in­creased. (Mon­day’s) Oton­abee River flows be­low Lock 19 are an es­ti­mated 280 cu­bic me­tres per sec­ond.”

A warm spell is ex­pected in Peter­bor­ough and the Kawarthas later this week and that will in­crease wa­ter­flows fur­ther through­out the Kawartha Lakes and the Oton­abee River wa­ter­shed, Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion warns.

“Res­i­dents and busi­nesses lo­cated in low-ly­ing, flood-vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas on the shores of the Kawartha Lakes, the Oton­abee River and Rice Lake are ad­vised to pre­pare them­selves and their prop­erty for still greater in­creases of wa­ter lev­els and flows in the com­ing days.”

Af­ter five days of rain, ice pel­lets, freez­ing rain and snow, the rain was ex­pected to ta­per off in Peter­bor­ough and the Kawarthas by Mon­day night.

Peter­bor­ough woke up to a blan­ket of ice Mon­day morn­ing.

School buses in Peter­bor­ough and area were can­celled Mon­day, af­fect­ing classes and spe­cial events, in­clud­ing a bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at St. Peter Sec­ondary School.

Riverview Park and Zoo was again closed on Mon­day be­cause of the con­di­tions.

Peter­bor­ough County post­poned its leaf and yard waster col­lec­tion that had been sched­uled for this week un­til the week of April 30. It af­fects res­i­dents liv­ing in the: Arnott and Gif­ford Drive, Bridgenorth, Emer­ald Isle, En­nis­more, Ter­raview Heights, Wood­land Acres and Youngstown col­lec­tion ar­eas.

Douro-Dum­mer Town­ship can­celled re­cy­cling pickup Mon­day, and of­fered lim­ited garbage pickup. Res­i­dents were ad­vised that they can put out dou­ble the usual limit of garbage and re­cy­cling next year.

Downed power lines led to out­ages in the city and county.

Since the be­gin­ning of the storm, Hy­dro One crews have re­stored power to more than 200,000 cus­tomers as of Mon­day af­ter­noon, but more than 125,000 across On­tario re­mained with­out power.

Most cus­tomers should get power back by Mon­day af­ter­noon or Mon­day night, Hy­dro One said, but cus­tomers in Fenelon Falls could re­main with­out power overnight and into Tues­day.

More than 350 re­sources in­clud­ing lines main­tain­ers, foresters, sup­port staff and tech­ni­cians have been mo­bi­lized to south­west­ern On­tario, and more than 500 have been mo­bi­lized provincewide, Hy­dro One said.

JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER

An icy, snowy stop sign at Hall and Reid streets on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter the ice storm dumped nearly 80 mm of pre­cip­i­ta­tion in the area. A rain­fall warn­ing was lifted Mon­day night but a flood warn­ing re­mains in ef­fect af­ter the ice storm. Thou­sands of Hy­dro One cus­tomers were also left with­out power.

JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER

A Charles Street res­i­dent clears snow from the driveway of his East City home Mon­day morn­ing af­ter an ice storm with rain, snow and freez­ing rain.

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