CHESTERVILLE — With the annual freshet already underway on the South Nation River and significant rainfall and melting temperatures expected this week, the local watershed authority advises caution around local watercourses.
South Nation Conservation (SNC) advises residents to stay away from riverbanks as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase flows and slippery conditions along watercourses. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children, says SNC.
The anticipated rise in the mercury will cause snow to melt and run off, boosting river levels and flows throughout the watershed. While severe flooding is not a concern at this time, with freezing temperatures forecast to return by the end of the week, SNC says that nuisance flooding may be observed in low-lying areas.
Watershed authority employees will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.
SNC encourages the public to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas. All feedback can be sent to email@example.com; posted on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweet us your photos (@SouthNationCA).
The water flowed substantially during a rain storm on Feb. 25. See the video below.
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