Flood Warning issued for Sault Ste. Marie and Goulais River areas


The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Sault Ste. Marie District office is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for 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.

The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Description of Weather System:

The rainfall alert issued by Environment Canada earlier today for Sault Ste. Marie – Superior East is warning of rainfall accumulations of 25-50 mm. Gusting easterly winds over 25km/h will accompany the rain this afternoon. A further 10-20 mm of rain are also forecast for tomorrow resulting in a combined two-day total of 35-70 mm of precipitation for the area. Daytime temperatures for today and tomorrow will be 8-9o Celsius and forecast to reach 15oC by Saturday. Night-time lows are expected to hover around 2-4o C.

Description of Current Conditions:

The recent warmer weather with above zero degree night-time temperatures and precipitation have increased the water levels and flows in some of the District’s watersheds as the remaining snow pack continues to melt. Residents within the Goulais River Watershed are advised that some areas within the flood plain may be approaching flood critical levels. Flooding is possible and may already be 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 critical levels. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

Expiry Date

This message will be in effect until (or updated before): Thursday, May 07 2020, 12:00 AM