Flood Outlook Statement

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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.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a Flood Outlook
Statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.

The weather forecast for the next few days indicates a continuing warming trend with
moderate precipitation (15-20 mm) on Saturday April 15th into Sunday April 16th. No
significant rainfall amounts are currently forecast. Warm temperatures have resulted in
melting of the snowpack. The northern portions of the watershed still have snowpack
present and we anticipate a faster than normal melting event with continuing warm
temperatures over the next week.

Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued
snowmelt, from warm temperatures, supplemented by rainfall 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 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 April 18, 2017.