Update #1- FLOOD WATCH in effect for the Mississippi River
APRIL 4, 2016 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—The cold temperatures has helped to slow the runoff in the upper reaches of the Mississippi River. Most lakes in this area have or are expected to peak by tomorrow. It will take several days for levels to recede to being within the operating rule curves for the lakes. The FLOOD WATCH for the entire river will remain in effect until the end of the week.
Water levels on Dalhousie Lake have begun to recede but are still expected to remain high for the next week to 10 days as water from the upper lakes makes its way through the system. Flows and levels along the Clyde River have peaked. Water levels on Mississippi Lake are still expected to increase another 20 cm over the next 3 days.
Any additional rainfall this week could cause another increase in flows and water levels. Residents are strongly urged to stay off all ice covered water bodies and to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks.
This FLOOD WATCH will be updated daily until the threat of flooding from this event has diminished.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snow pack 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.
Contact: Jennifer North
Water Resource Technologist
613-253-0006 ext. 243