Re: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Flood Outlook – May 2, 2017
May 2, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED AND OTTAWA RIVER— As a result of significant rainfall received over the past few days, flows and levels have increased throughout the watershed. Levels on the upper lakes will remain high for at least the next week and any significant rainfall during that period may aggravate current conditions. Water levels and flows along the lower Mississippi River will remain high as this water is passed through the system.
Water levels along the Ottawa River, including Constance Bay, are expected to remain high going into the weekend, and could increase again should the forecasted rainfall occur.
Residents are being advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
This WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT is valid through May 8, 2017. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.
Daily water levels and flows for the Mississippi Valley watershed are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/. For more information regarding the Ottawa River, visit www.ottawariver.ca.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority 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. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.
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