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SNC: Flood Outlook Statement Update

This statement is an update to the Flood Outlook statement issued March 8, 2019

Weather Forecast:

Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts above-freezing temperatures next week. The current short-term forecast indicates minimal amounts of precipitation.

Environmental Conditions:

Since issuing the last statement, the South Nation Conservation (SNC) stream gauges across the jurisdiction have recorded a slight increase in water levels but remain below average for this time of year. Snowpack and ice thickness across the watershed remain above average for this time of the year.

Risks:

Forecasted above-freezing temperatures will cause snow to melt, which may cause flooding in low lying areas and increased potential for ice jams.

ACTION:

Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and banks might be unstable and slippery. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should also take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it.
  • Portable backup generator and pump.
  • Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling.
  • Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase.
  • Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy.
  • Familiarize yourself with your municipality’s emergency preparedness plan.

Duration:

This statement is in effect until Monday, March 25, 2019.

SNC monitors the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. Updates are provided as conditions change.

Please visit www.nation.on.ca for more information. To provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions please email waterwatch@nation.on.ca, posted on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation) or Twitter (@SouthNationCA).