WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT- FLOOD OUTLOOK March 13, 2013
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—Flows and water levels along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are expected to increase slowly through the remainder of this week as warmer temperatures produce some snow melt.
Some ditches have flowing water and water is ponding in fields. These areas are dangerous. Children should be reminded about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks. Ice conditions on area waterways will begin to deteriorate as temperatures and flows increase and the public is advised to stay off ice covered waterways.
With colder temperatures in the long range forecast, flows should stabilize by the end of the week. As such, significant increases will likely not be evident for at least two weeks.
No significant flooding is anticipated at this time, however, current snow pack conditions indicate some spring flooding is likely.
Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pump is clear and in good working condition
• Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
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.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, 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.
Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-259-2421 ext. 233