Flood Outlook in Effect

Image from September 9, 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) – Sault Ste. Marie District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is in effect in the District.

Residents of the Sault Ste. Marie District should keep a close watch on water conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents within the Goulais River Watershed are advised that although the ice went out on the river over the weekend, and ice jams are no longer a concern, the risk of flooding remains high as there is still a large amount of snow remaining in the watershed which could lead to flood conditions.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Over the course of the day and into the evening it is forecast to drop 15-30mm of rain over the majority of the District. Forecast high temperatures are in the 8-12 C range with forecast lows around 5 C. The system is forecast to linger on Tuesday and is forecast to drop 5mm of residual precipitation in areas across the District.

Description of Current Conditions

The snow pack within the northern part of the district still remains high. The recent warmer temperatures have increased the snow melt. Stream flows across the District remain high due to recent snow melt and it is expected that an upward trend in flows will continue over the next several days due to precipitation. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.