Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook
April 13, 2017
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a Flood Outlook Statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.
The weather forecast for the next few days indicates a continuing warming trend with moderate precipitation (15-20 mm) on Saturday April 15th into Sunday April 16th. No significant rainfall amounts are currently forecast. Warm temperatures have resulted in melting of the snowpack. The northern portions of the watershed still have snowpack present and we anticipate a faster than normal melting event with continuing warm temperatures over the next week.
Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued snowmelt, from 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 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 18, 2017.