SNC anticipates rising waters, possible nuisance flooding

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Stay away from riverbanks

FINCH — South Nation Conservation cautions that watercourses are expected to rise over the next week due to above-freezing temperatures and rainfall.

Severe flooding is not a concern at this time; however, nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed, the watershed authority says in a press release issued this morning.

SNC advises residents to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and cause slippery river banks. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

Rain gauges within the region have recorded between 10 to 20 mm of rain since Jan. 11, which will increase water levels and flows throughout the South Nation jurisdiction. Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts freezing temperatures accompanied with freezing rain and snow later this evening. As temperatures are predicted to fall rapidly, ponding water, slush and falling precipitation will freeze.

SNC staff are continuing to monitor water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. The organization’s current statement on watershed conditions remains in effect until Jan. 15.

SNC encourages the public to visit its website and to provide feedback about water-related conditions in their local areas. Email, post to SNC’s Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweet photos to the organization (@SouthNationCA).



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