The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a Flood Outlook statement to residents regarding current watershed conditions. Flood forecasting and warning is part of the Conservation Authority’s provincially mandated responsibilities. This statement is sent out so that residents can be informed and aware.
The weather forecast indicates rain or snow will begin this evening and then transition to heavy rain tonight. Rain will continue Monday before changing to flurries Monday afternoon or evening. Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm are expected. Strong westerly winds are also forecast to develop Monday afternoon. Wind gusts of 70 to 90 km/h will be possible with the strongest winds expected along the shorelines of Lake Superior. Winds will ease Monday night.
Currently, local rivers, creeks, and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued snowmelt, warm temperatures, supplemented by rainfall will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage.
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 will be cold and fast flowing during and after the rainfall event.
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 April 17, 2020.