Heavy Rain Continues Wednesday – Could Cause Additional Washouts

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If you didn’t see a lot of rain from the last system Sunday night, another big rain event is shaping up for Wednesday lasting through to this Friday.  The amount of rain associated with this next system has prompted the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) to issue another watershed statement for the next three days.

The last system produced heavy rains east of the city causing many roads to washout. About 80mm fell from Sunday through Monday afternoon.

By Friday another 100mm is possible before the system tracks to the north and east.

A strong and moisture laden system will bring a soaking rainfall to the region on Wednesday to Friday. Forecasted rainfall is 60 to 100 mm by Friday night.

Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing above normal levels. Continued rainfall will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage.

The SSMRCA is encouraging residents, specifically those in low-lying areas and along shorelines, to monitor conditions and prepare accordingly.

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing above 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.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor levels and 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, streams and shorelines. High water levels, flows, and waves 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 June 17, 2019.

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