Recent flood watch upgraded to flood warningFriday, May 10, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Flood warning - White River watershed
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Wawa District is advising area residents that the recent flood watch in effect for the White River watershed has been upgraded to a flood warning.
Flooding on the White River and White Lake is imminent within the next 24 hours or already occurring.
White Lake has passed its upper lake operating level and is experiencing higher than normal flows.
Recent warm weather has caused a significant amount of snow melt, which has increased the amount of water entering the river system.
Residents may see an increase in water levels within the next 24 to 48 hours as warm daytime temperatures melt the large amount of remaining snowpack in the area.
Warmer temperatures will also result in ice breakup on the lake.
Large sheets of shifting ice may result in potential for damage to properties located along the shoreline.
High water levels will remain until the remaining snowpack in the upper watershed has melted.
Forecast precipitation over the next seven days is for a rain/snow mix, bringing 7-10 mm of rain and up to 3 cm of snow.
This will also increase the amount of water entering the river system.
Forest access road culverts and water crossings are at or near their flow capacity across the Wawa District.
The public is asked to exercise caution when travelling in the bush this weekend. Please be alert to changing flow conditions.
Residents along the White River should monitor the developing conditions closely and are asked to use extreme caution around water at this time of the year, as water levels on streams, rivers and lakes can change quickly.
This statement applies to the White River watershed and White Lake.
MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
For more information on the situation in your area, please visit ontario.ca/flooding or contact:
Ministry of Natural Resources