Issued March 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents regarding current watershed conditions.
The weather forecast for the next few days indicates a continuing warming trend. Rainfall amounts will likely be in the range of 40-45mm for two days total (Saturday and Sunday). Daytime warm temperatures have resulted in the melting of some snowpack. We anticipate a faster than normal melting event with warm temperatures over the next few days.
Currently, local rivers, creeks, and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued snowmelt, warm temperatures, supplemented by rainfall will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage.
The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at normal levels. The flood control channels will experience a rise in water levels. It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and the channels will be cold and fast flowing during and after the rainfall event.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor stream flows across the watershed.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers, creeks, and streams. High water levels and flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from fast flowing rivers and streams.
This statement is in effect until April 10, 2020.