The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Sault Ste. Marie District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect in the District until Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Residents along the Blind River system should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. Residents within the Blind River system are advised that the risk of flooding is High and that some low lying areas are already experiencing flood conditions.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Weather System
Over the last four days the areas east of Sault Ste. Marie received 30-50mm of rain. This compiled with snow melt has led to extremely high water levels in area streams and rivers. Forecasted precipitation for the weekend is less than 5mm; however the full impact of the rainfall and snow melt may not yet be realized as water makes its way through the watershed. Daytime high temperatures will be between 5 to 10 degrees for the area.
Description of Current Conditions
The recent warmer temperatures have increased water levels and flows in some of the District’s watersheds as the remaining snow pack continues to melt. A marked increase in water levels through the region has occurred over the last week. Residents within the Blind River system are advised that the risk of flooding is High and that some low lying areas are already experiencing flood conditions. Flooding is possible or already occurring in some low lying areas. Other residents of the Sault Ste. Marie District are advised that low lying areas may also be near flood levels. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.
• 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.