The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a Flood Watch to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.
There has been a change in the forecasted track for the current precipitation system and it is now affecting the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township. Precipitation amounts are expected to be between 25 and 40 mm this morning and afternoon.
Due to recent warm temperatures and the precipitation, the snow pack is melting quickly and increasing the amount of water running off to creeks and streams. The northern portion of watershed still has snow pack with significant water content.
Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing well but the snowmelt, warm temperatures and forecasted precipitation will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There is the potential for flooding in low-lying areas.
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 could be fast flowing. 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 May 8, 2018.