Watershed Condition Status – Flood Outlook

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Issued August 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is issuing a flood outlook statement for the area 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 50 – 80 mm of rainfall in the next three days (Friday – Sunday). There is a risk of an additional 25 to 50 mm rainfall due to thunderstorms in this region on Friday and Saturday.

Currently, local rivers, creeks, and streams are flowing at normal levels. Forecast rainfall could elevate the flows and levels considerably across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with low 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 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 and updates will be provided as required.

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 August 31, 2021.