February 23, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— With above seasonal daytime temperatures and several millimetres of rain forecasted over the next five days, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is advising residents to use extreme caution if venturing onto rivers and lakes as ice conditions could be unstable. Please note that MVCA does not monitor ice conditions.
With temperatures forecasted to return to normal by next week, general flooding is not expected at this time. However, runoff amounts may result in higher water levels in area creeks and streams and along roadside ditches.
As the spring approaches, parents are urged to remind their children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks.
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 and water levels 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.