Current Watershed Conditions
 Flood Outlook Statement
Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA)
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Current Watershed Conditions

Rivers and Streams - Normal

Date: October 15, 2021

Time: 3:00 p.m.

This statement is in effect until (or updated before) October 30, 2021.


The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at normal levels. It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and the channels will be cold and fast flowing during and after a rainfall event.

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 channels. Potential increases in 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.


Shoreline Conditions Statement - Lake Superior Flood Outlook


Date: July 26, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m.

This statement is in effect until (or updated before) August 23, 2021.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA) is advising that Lake Superior's water level is above its long-term averages. Therefore, the risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages still remains.

Currently, the Lake Superior level is approximately 183.57 m IGLD85. This level is 8 cm above average (1918 - 2020), 16 cm below the level of a year ago, and 28 cm below the record-high level at this time in 2019. For additional reference, the SSMRCA shoreline flooding hazard level used for planning and development review is 184.2 m.

Lake Superior's water level typically rises in July. Depending on the weather and runoff conditions, Lake Superior may decline slightly or may rise by up to approximately 10 cm. SSMRCA advises all shoreline property owners to prepare for potential coastal impacts such as erosion, lakeshore flooding, crawl space and septic system inundation especially during periods of strong winds and high waves.

SSMRCA staff continue to monitor Lake Superior wind conditions and levels closely.


For further information: 

Anjum Amin, P.Eng.