FLOOD WATCH – Update # 2 July 28, 2017
USE EXTREME CAUTION BOATING, FISHING OR SWIMMING ON RIVERS, ESPECIALLY NEAR AREA DAMS – FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR DALHOUSIE LAKE
JULY 28, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED – With the rainfall finally over and warmer weather in the forecast, area waterways will be attractive to people wanting to enjoy the sunshine. Residents are advised to use extreme caution on waterways in the near vicinity of area dams. Water levels and flows in most areas are still well above normal and flows are significantly higher than normal for this time of year. At this time, levels on Dalhousie Lake and Mississippi Lake are well above normal but are not expected to increase any further without additional rainfall. The FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for Dalhousie Lake as it will be at least two weeks before conditions begin to return to normal.
“Currents in the rivers and creeks are much greater than what would be normal for this time of year. Boaters, swimmers and fishermen can find themselves at much greater risk of being swept downstream because of the higher flows in the rivers. Most dams still have a significant amount of water going over or through them and these pose substantial risk to any persons that venture too close to them” indicates Gord Mountenay, Water Management Supervisor at the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.
Parents are strongly encouraged to remind their children to stay away from area dams and along the shorelines where fast flowing water exits. Boaters are reminded to make sure they have oars, anchors, sirens and that their motors are functioning before launching from shore.
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, 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.