Watershed Conditions: Water Safety Statement

Issued February 22, 2017, South Nation Conservation cautioned that watercourses are expected to rise this week due to above-freezing temperatures and rainfall.

Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts above-freezing temperatures and rain for this week and the weekend. The forecasted weather will cause snow to melt and runoff to watercourses, which will increase river levels and flows throughout the South Nation jurisdiction.

Residents are advised 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.

As temperatures are forecasted to return to freezing by next week, severe flooding is not a concern at this time; however, nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed.

SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.

SNC encourages the public to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas. All feedback can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca.

This statement is in effect until Friday, March 3, 2017.

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