Water Safety Statement

Posted by NPCA on Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Rain in the amount of 10 to 25mm is forecast for today and tonight with the possibility of thunderstorms this evening. The combination of warm temperatures, saturated ground and rain will serve to increase water levels and destabilize ice within our local watercourses.

Presently, all watercourses are elevated due to the recent snowmelt and rain but are not anticipated to reach critical levels during this event. Due to the forecasted rain and the possibility of thunderstorms, some localized flooding of areas that are typically flood prone is expected late Thursday night and into Friday. The NPCA will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions closely and will issue further messages as required.

In addition, the increasing water levels will destabilize the existing ice and will raise the possibility of ice jam flooding. Residents are urged to keep themselves, children and pets well away from streams and creeks as these watercourses and their associated ice conditions will be hazardous. Drivers are reminded there is an increased risk of water over roads and should not drive through any flooded roadway, being particularly careful at night. Local municipalities are advised to check for debris and ice clogging culverts, catch basins, and other storm infrastructure.

Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within local watercourses can be found on the NPCA’s website at:

https://npca.ca/flood-status

https://npca.ca/stream-flow-monitoring

This notice is in effect until noon Saturday, March 16th, 2019 and will be updated as required.

For further information contact:

Ryan Kitchen Water Resources Technician Work: 905-788-3135 x 269 After hours: 905-658-1838

WHAT IF A FLOOD MESSAGE IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA?

Take heed of the message issued.

Be prepared to follow the advice and instructions of emergency response officials.

Monitoring weather and flood conditions is a shared responsibility of Conservation Authorities, OMNR, and Environment Canada. The OMNR Surface Water Monitoring Centre in Peterborough monitors weather forecasts and water levels across the province, providing the information to Conservation Authorities. Other information is also available from Environment Canada.

Conservation Authorities and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are responsible for forecasting where and when flooding is likely to occur and issuing appropriate messages. Advance warning of an impending flood allows municipalities and other government agencies to put emergency response plans into operation, and if necessary, evacuate communities.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Authorities (or the Ministry of Natural Resources in areas where there is no Conservation Authority) issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials and the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents. Flood messages are posted on Conservation Authorities’ websites. In some watersheds, members of the public can receive flood messages directly through e-mail and/or Twitter.

 
 
 

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