Nuisance flooding possible next week, SNC advises

The South Nation River during a winter thaw, on Jan. 28, 2018. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — The coming rain and higher temperatures has South Nation Conservation (SNC) advising the public about the risk of possible nuisance flooding next week.

In a statement released today, SNC says acknowledges that water levels in the watershed are currently normal, as is the amount of snow on the surrounding landscape.

But next week’s forecasted precipitation and melting snow are “likely to produce high water levels and possible nuisance flooding,” the watershed authority adds.  Environment and Climate Change Canada is calling for 20 to 40 mm of rain from Monday to Wednesday (Feb. 19-21) combined with above-freezing temperatures starting on Sunday, Feb. 18.

In light of those anticipated conditions, SNC advises residents “to exercise caution when near 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.”

The safety statement remains in effect until Friday, Feb. 23.

Finch-based SNC monitors water levels and weather forecasts as part of its Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, issuing updates as conditions change.

Visit SNC’s website www.nation.on.ca to provide feedback on changes in water-related conditions — or email waterwatch@nation.on.ca, post to the organization’s Facebook page, or message @SouthNationCA on Twitter.