FINCH — With water levels receding, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has downgraded its official Flood Watch to a Water Safety statement in the local watershed.
Residents continue to be advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable, and to explain these dangers to their children.
Rain gauges within the region have recorded between 5 and 20 mm since Nov. 3, and SNC points out that the precipitation seems to be letting up: Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts below-freezing temperatures and periods of rain between 1 to 5 mm in the upcoming week.
As a result of these forecasted conditions, “severe flooding is not a concern at this time,” says the watershed authority, thought it warns that nuisance flooding could still occur in low-lying areas.
SNC continues to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates as conditions change.
As a result of recent rain and surging river levels earlier this month, SNC had issued a ‘Flood Watch’ statement on Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, then extended it until Monday of this week. A Flood Watch is the second-highest advisory level available. The hierarchy of advisores (see below) begins with the ‘Water Safety’ statement now in effect until Nov. 10.
- Water Safety: High flows, unstable 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.
- Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts, calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams and/or lakeshore flooding or erosion.
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individuals in flood-prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
SNC encourages the public to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback on water-related conditions in their local areas. All feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org; posted on their Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or tweeted to (@SouthNationCA).