FINCH — South Nation Conservation issued a general safety notice this afternoon (June 30) as water levels on the river are currently higher than normal for this time of year and continue to rise due to recent rainfall — and with more in the forecast.
Environment Canada is calling for an additional 15 mm of precipitation tomorrow.
Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children, says SNC.
In effect until July 4, the safety notice does not anticipate flooding. However, conditions in and along the river could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children and pets, etc.
SNC says its staff 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.
The public is encouraged to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also report changes in water-related conditions, soil stress fractures (i.e. cracks in soil), abrupt changes in streambanks, or sudden leaning of trees in their local areas. All feedback and photos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, posted on our Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweeted to us (@SouthNationCA).