Heavy snow pack in the bush coupled with rain showers and warming temperatures have forced the MNR to post a flood watch north of Sault Ste. Marie and lasting through the weekend.
The Ministry of Natural Resources Sault Ste. Marie District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for the Goulais River. Residents within the Goulais River Watershedare advised that ice jams are a possibility and that river conditions should be monitored closely as water levels can change very quickly if ice dams occur.
MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. The mouth and lower section of the Goulais River remain ice covered. This could lead to ice jams as ice from upper sections of the river start to move downstream and collect at locations where ice remains.
The snow pack within the district still remains high. It is expected that an upward trend in flows will continue over the next several days.
A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.