Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting above-freezing temperatures starting Sunday, March 10, 2019. Although the current short-term forecast indicates minimal amounts of precipitation, South Nation Conservation is warning of possible flood conditions in low-lying areas.
The South Nation Conservation (SNC) jurisdiction has received an above-average amount of snowfall this winter. Snowpack and ice thickness across the watershed are also above average, while water levels are slightly below normal for this time of the year.
Forecasted above-freezing temperatures will cause snow to melt, which 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 Friday, March 15, 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 protected], posted on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation) or Twitter (@SouthNationCA).
For more information: Omar Kana’n at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 309