Flood Forecasting and Warning

Status: Water Safety Statement

Watershed Conditions Statement

Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2:00 PM)

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) would like to caution area residents that watercourses are rising and are expected to continue rising over the next couple of days due to mild temperatures and rain.  Environment Canada forecasts some precipitation over the week.  Mild temperatures and rain will increase water levels and flows throughout the Raisin Region jurisdiction.

Any increase in water levels is not a concern at this time; however, nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed.  Parents are encouraged to explain the dangers of increasing river flow and unstable ice conditions to their children and it is recommended to stay away from rising water.

A water safety statement is not an indication of imminent flooding.  RRCA staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of their Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.

The RRCA monitors watershed conditions throughout Cornwall, South Glengarry and large portions of North Glengarry and South Stormont.

 

About Flood Forecasting and Warning in the RRCA

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for flood related emergencies. Flood forecasting and warning has been delegated to Conservation Authorities. If a local emergency is declared, MNRF will work directly with the municipality and in consultation with the Conservation Authority.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority monitors precipitation and water levels throughout Cornwall; South Glengarry; and large portions of North Glengarry and South Stormont.

About Flood Forecasting Notices

Normal
No flood conditions exist.

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety
High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected

Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook
Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

Flood Watch
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Flood Warning
Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

In the event of a flood status of anything other than normal, the RRCA will issue a media release and advise our member municipalities.

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