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Watershed Condition Status – Flood Outlook Statement
Posted: Jul 14, 2020

Issued July 14, 2020 @ 5:15 pm

 

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Flood Outlook Statement to residents regarding current watershed conditions. Flood forecasting and warning is part of the Conservation Authority’s provincially mandated responsibilities. This statement is sent out so that residents can be informed and aware.

An area of heavy showers and thunderstorms crossing Lake Superior will begin tonight. Rainfall and thunderstorms moving across the region may give local amounts of 20 to 40 millimeters tonight into early Wednesday morning.

Currently, local rivers, creeks, and streams are flowing at normal levels. Should the forecasted rainfall materialize, it will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding of low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage.   

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at normal levels. The flood control channels will experience a rise in water 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 July 17, 2020.

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For further information:

Anjum Amin, P.Eng.
SSMRCA
705-946-8530 ext.# 1003