Stay Clear of Ice Covered Waterways
MARCH 2, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— Flows and levels across the Mississippi River watershed have been steadily increasing over the last few days due to the melting snow pack and rainfall. This, coupled with the warmer weather, has caused ice conditions on lakes and rivers to deteriorate at a rapid pace. Area residents are advised that no one should be venturing out onto any ice covered waterways.
Dalhousie Lake will reach average spring conditions in the next few days. With colder temperatures in the forecast, levels should stabilize by the end of the weekend.
No significant flooding is anticipated at this time. However, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which have weakened as a result of the warming conditions.
Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
- Ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
- Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/
The 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.