Flood Outlook in Effect

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

A disturbance over the American mid-west will make its way towards the Great Lakes today. Rain is forecast to spread into the Great Lakes region tonight and continue for much of the day Thursday. General rainfall amounts are expected to be significant, likely in the 25 to 40 mm range. There is also a chance for thunderstorm activity associated with this system that could bring additional precipitation in areas where thunderstorms develop.
Description of Current Conditions

Levels and flows remain moderately elevated in some rivers and streams due to recent precipitation, and snowmelt. Water levels across the District are below flood critical levels.
The recent warmer temperatures have increased water levels and flows in some of the Districts watersheds as the remaining snow pack continues to melt. A sharp increase in water levels is expected due to the forecasted precipitation. Flooding is possible given recent rain or snowfall events across the area. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

EXPIRY DATE
This message will be in effect until (or updated before): Monday, April 04 2016, 12:00 AM
TERMINOLOGY: Notification Levels

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.

FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities
FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.