WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY
Flood Watch for all areas of the Mississippi Valley watershed TERMINATED; water levels will remain high for the next few weeks
May 5, 2014 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—The FLOOD WATCH for all areas of the Mississippi Valley watershed is terminated. Water levels and flows have been slowly and steadily returning to normal. Water levels on lakes across the watershed will remain high for the next few weeks before summer target levels are reached.
Residents are strongly urged to stay away from all fast flowing water courses and to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at www.mvc.on.ca/water-levels.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) 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.
NEWSROOMS PLEASE NOTE:
A Watershed Conditions Statement is NOT a flood warning. Its purpose is to raise public awareness about a change or potential change in watershed conditions.
See below for watershed conditions terminology:
Watershed Conditions Statement: general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. There are two variations of these:
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: 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.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.