Localized flooding could occur in some areasMonday, September 09, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT STE. MARIE REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
Watershed conditions statement
Issued September 9, 2013 @ 11 a.m.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.
Local small creeks and streams are flowing at higher-than-normal levels due to recent rainfall events.
Heavy rainfalls are forecast over the next 24 hours with possible precipitation amounts between 40 and 50 mm just north of Sault Ste. Marie.
Forecasted thunderstorms may result in an additional 30 mm of precipitation.
Sault Ste. Marie is on the southern edge of this storm and is not currently forecasted to receive these large amounts of precipitation.
However, if the storm track changes, the Sault Ste. Marie area has the potential to reach these amounts.
Currently, local ground conditions are saturated and intense rainfalls will result in much of the precipitation entering local streams and creeks and cause increased flows in water courses.
No flooding of local streams and rivers is anticipated based on current conditions.
However, if the predicted rainfall occurs, these watercourses will be fast flowing and water levels will be high.
There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will be closely monitoring streamflows across the watershed.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to extend a warning to residents and visitors to use extreme caution when close to rivers, creeks and streams. High water levels and flows can be especially dangerous and stream banks can be slippery.
Please keep children and pets away from fast flowing rivers and streams.
This statement will be updated if conditions warrant.
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