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Water Safety Statement Update #1

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Posted on 17 June 2022 in News

June 17, 2022 — Flows and levels along the Mississippi River have been steadily increasing over the last week but are beginning to stabilize. Levels on the majority of the upper lakes have been steady and some are beginning to decline. All upper lakes remain above target levels but are expected to slowly return to normal conditions over the next week, barring any additional significant rainfall.

Levels on Dalhousie lake will be comparative to spring time conditions over the next week. Flows in the Lower Mississippi river are significantly higher than normal for this time of year and are expected to remain that way over the next two weeks.

No significant flooding is anticipated at this time. Watershed dams are being operated to manage the increased flows. These areas are extremely dangerous for recreational users of the river system. Residents and visitors are advised to stay well clear of any dam while swimming, boating or fishing to avoid being caught in strong currents and pulled into the dam.

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time, and when combined with current flow conditions pose a serious hazard especially for small children and pets.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Thursday June 23, 2022 at 4:30 pm.  For more information please visit our website at