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Watershed Condition Status - Flood Watch Update

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Flood Watch Update to residents regarding the current watershed conditions. Local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at higher than normal levels due to recent rainfall events.

Heavy rain (25-40 mm) has already fallen. Local ground conditions are saturated. Intense rainfall, snow melt and above freezing temperature has increased the flows in local rivers, streams and creeks.

Water levels in most rivers and streams remain high but are receding below the flood criteria. Cooler temperatures at night time will bring some stability to water levels.

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at above normal 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 17, 2017.
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