Watershed Condition Statement: Water Safety
Flood Potential: Low
Ice Jam Potential: Moderate
Issued to: local municipalities and school boards, local conservation authorities, emergency response agencies, health unit, media, NVCA board and staff
Date: February 27, 2018 (3:00 PM)
No significant rainfall is currently forecast for the next few days. However, warmer than normal temperatures will continue throughout the week.
Water levels in most rivers and streams are receding, but some remain elevated as a result of recent rainfall and snowmelt. The forecast warmer temperatures will continue to melt any remaining snowpack, which may result in increased water levels throughout the watershed. There is also the potential for ice jams and localized flooding. No major flooding is anticipated at this time.
Stream banks can be slippery and unstable, which combined with extremely cold water temperatures can create hazardous conditions around our rivers and streams.
Hazardous conditions exist around all waterbodies, as there is a high risk of life-threatening injury if a person falls into the extremely cold water. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from all waterbodies.
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority continues to monitor river and stream conditions and will issue additional messages as conditions warrant. This Water Safety Statement will be in effect until 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 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
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.