Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook

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Issued April 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions. Flood forecasting and warning is part of the Conservation Authority’s provincially mandated responsibilities. This statement is sent out so that residents can be informed and aware.

A low-pressure system is expected to move in Tuesday evening bringing precipitation, mostly in the form of rain, across the watershed. Rainfall amounts will likely be in the range of 40 to 60 mm over three days. Daytime high temperatures are forecast in the range of 7 to 15 degrees Celsius over the next five days.

Currently, local rivers, creeks, and streams are flowing at normal levels. Forecasted rainfall and warm temperatures 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 May 05, 2020.

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