Watershed Condition Status – Flood Outlook Statement

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Issued May 28, 2019 @ 07:45 pm

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.

A low-pressure system will bring precipitation overnight across the watershed. Our area has already received 25-40 mm of rainfall. A further amount of 15-20 mm is forecasted overnight.

Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels. Forecasted rainfall and warm temperatures 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 June 03, 2020.