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Watershed Conditions Status - Water Safety Statement
Posted: Dec 24, 2023

Watershed Conditions Status - Water Safety Statement


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

A weather system is forecast to bring moderate mixed precipitation for the next five days. Area watershed forecast indicates 15 - 30 mm of rainfall. Daytime high temperatures are forecasted to be in the single digits (2 to 60C) and nighttime lows near or below 0 degrees.

Snowpack measurements across the watershed are averaging a snow depth of 10 - 20 cm. The water equivalent or the amount of water contained in the snowpack is 10 - 30 mm.

Forecasted warmer weather and rainfall will impact the existing snowpack. Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at above normal levels. The forecasted rain and snowmelt, due to warm temperatures associated with this system, could produce localized runoff, and elevate water levels. There may be localized flooding in low-lying areas.

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are flowing at slightly above 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 cold and fast flowing during and after rainfalls.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor stream flows across the watershed and update this message based on the changing weather/streamflow conditions.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay away from the flood control channels and all waterways. Flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Please keep children and pets away from waterways during this time.

This statement is in effect until December 29, 2023.

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For further information contact:

Anjum Amin, P.Eng.