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​Watershed Condition Statement: Water Safety


Flood Potential: Low
Ice Jam Potential: Low 

Issued to: local municipalities, school boards, local conservation authorities, emergency response agencies, health unit, media, NVCA board & staff.

Date: April 17, 2018 (8:45 AM)

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority advises that the Flood Watch message issued April 15, 2018 is downgraded to a Water Safety Statement. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from all area water bodies as slippery banks and cold, fast flowing water will result in dangerous conditions.

In the range of 80-90 mm of rain, freezing rain, snow and ice fell in the watershed from Thursday through Monday. Temperatures were lower than originally forecast on Sunday night and Monday which minimized the amount of runoff. Stream flows in the upstream parts of the watershed have peaked. However, stream flows are still elevated and will continue to be for the next several days as flow works its way downstream. Minor local flooding was reported in some areas, however no additional flooding is anticipated at this time.

​There is always the potential for unsafe conditions around area streams and rivers – caution is advised.

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority continues to monitor river and stream conditions and will issue additional messages as conditions warrant. This statement will be in effect until 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2018. 

For additional information, please call 705-424-1479 and select option “1” for the flood information line or check our website at:  www.nvca.on.ca

Peter Alm
Flood Duty Officer

A Watershed Condition Statement is a general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. A Water Safety message indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.