Watershed Condition Status – Water Safety Statement

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Issued April 26, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is issuing a water safety statement for the local area watershed. 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.

The weather forecast indicates light to moderate rainfall for the next five days. Total rainfall amounts are 30 to 45 mm plus 5 to 10 mm due to thunderstorms. Daytime high temperatures are forecast in the range of 6 to 13 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 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.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay away from the flood control channels and all waterways. Flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from waterways during this time.

This statement is in effect until May 05, 2021.

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