WATERSHED CONDITIONS: Flood Outlook Statement

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January 10, 2014 – SOUTH NATION WATERSHED – South Nation Conservation cautions that watercourses are expected to rise over the next few days due to above-freezing temperatures and rainfall.

Environment Canada forecasts above-freezing temperatures and rain for the next three days. The forecasted weather will cause snow to melt and runoff to watercourses, which will increase river levels and flows throughout the South Nation watershed.  Ice covering larger water courses may become unstable due to increased water levels.

As temperatures are forecasted to return to freezing by Tuesday, severe flooding and ice jamming are not a concern at this time; however, nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed.

Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows, cause slippery river banks, and weaken ice cover.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.   

SNC encourages the public to visit our Watershed Conditions webpage at and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas (i.e. high water elevations, road inundation, ice break-up, etc.).  All feedback can be sent to  For additional information, please contact SNC at 1-877-984-2948.