Residents and visitors urged to stay away from flood control channels and waterways

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The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority issues a water safety statement to residents regarding current watershed conditions.

The weather forecast for Tuesday to Friday indicates a warming temperature of +6°C with a chance of up to 15-20 mm of rainfall on Wednesday.

The snowpack measurements across the watershed are averaging a snow depth of 40-50 cm with the water equivalent, the amount of water contained in the snowpack, averaging 125 mm. This water content is not above the long-term average for this time of year. The snow surveys and measurements are completed every two weeks by the conservation authority in areas not affected by snow compaction or plowing.

Forecasted warm temperatures and rainfall will help to melt the existing snowpack. Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels, however, snowmelt due to these warmer temperatures and runoff from the 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 but are expected to experience a rise in water levels. It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and 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.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay away from the flood control channels and all waterways. Flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from waterways during this time.

This statement is in effect until March 15, 2021.