MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—As warmer temperatures and some precipitation are being forecast for the next five days, flows are expected to increase in smaller creeks and ditches.
No significant flooding is anticipated at this time, however, we encourage residents to continue to warn their children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks.
“The average water content in the snow pack across the watershed in mid-March was approximately 60 % above the historical norm which could lead to an above average risk of flooding. However, severe flooding in this watershed is largely dependent on rainfall combined with snowmelt. So far, the weather has cooperated and the snow pack is slowly being depleted,“ says Gord Mountenay, the MVC Water Management Supervisor.
Ice conditions on area waterways will continue to deteriorate with the warmer weather and area residents are advised that no one should be venturing out onto ice covered waterways.
“The potential for ice jams will increase as the flows increase so residents along the rivers should pay close attention to what is happening in the river over the next few weeks,” Mountenay cautions.
Residents in low lying areas are advised to ensure their sump pumps are working and take the necessary steps to prevent damages to their property and belongings.
The MVC flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions and snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVC provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event. Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVC website at www.mvc.on.ca. Updates to the watershed conditions will be issued as required.
Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-259-2421 ext. 233