WATERSHED CONDITIONS: Flood Outlook Statement – Update #2
This statement is an update to the Flood Outlook statement issued on March 15, 2019.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting a freeze-thaw cycle starting on March 27. High temperatures of 5 to 10 °C are expected for the rest of this week, with possible rainfall amounts of 25 to 30 mm Friday and Saturday.
Since issuing the last statement, the South Nation Conservation (SNC) stream gauges across the jurisdiction have recorded a slight increase in water levels due to above freezing temperatures and some precipitation. Water levels across the jurisdiction are above average for this time of year.
Forecasted precipitation and above-freezing temperatures will cause snow to melt and will increase water levels across the jurisdiction. This may cause flooding in low lying areas and increased potential for ice jams.
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.
This statement is in effect until Monday, April 8, 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 email@example.com, posted on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation) or Twitter (@SouthNationCA).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Omar Kana’n, Water Resources Analyst, 1-877-984-2948, ext. 309, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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