The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is issuing a flood outlook statement for area residents regarding current watershed conditions.
The weather forecast indicates moderate to heavy rainfall for the next three days.
Total rainfall amounts are 45 to 60 mm. An additional 5 to 10 mm rainfall is expected due to thunderstorms.Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels.
Forecasted 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 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 June 30, 2021