The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) – Sault Ste. Marie District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for the Goulais River.
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 ice jams are a possibility and that river conditions should be monitored closely as water levels can change very quickly if ice jams occur.
MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System
The recent warm weather has started to melt the area snow pack and increase flow and water levels in area water courses. The weather forecasted for the next week is for above seasonal temperatures, with day time highs between 5 – 12 degrees Celsius. There is also a forecasted 10 – 15mm of rain expected over the next few days.
Description of Current Conditions
Although water levels are currently below critical thresholds, the Goulais River is showing signs of breaking up with much of the river now being ice free. The threat of ice jams are high on the river with ice flowing downstream and collecting at some locations.
A close watch on local forecasts and water conditions is recommended.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before): Thursday, April 06 2017, 12:00 AM