Flood outlook for today and tomorrowWednesday, December 04, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Issued December 4, 2013
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook Statement for emergency responders and residents in regard to current watershed conditions.
This afternoon and overnight tonight, temperatures are anticipated to rise above zero degrees Celsius for several hours.
At the same time, up to 15 mm of rainfall is forecast to fall over the Sault Ste. Marie area overnight and ending on Thursday morning.
The combination of snowmelt and rainfall will have the potential to create runoff amounts of 20 mm in to local creeks and streams. Temperatures will drop below freezing by mid- morning Thursday thereby decreasing runoff.
Currently, local ground conditions remain saturated due to continuing precipitation events.
Local creeks and rivers are flowing at above seasonal levels and this runoff will increase levels and flows in area water courses. This precipitation may result in localized flooding in low lying areas or in areas with poor drainage.
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will be closely monitoring stream flows 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 in effect until December 5, 2013.