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Goulais flood danger high as rain expected

Monday, April 28, 2014   by: Staff



The Ministry of Natural Resources – Sault Ste. Marie District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in the District.

Residents of the Sault Ste. Marie District should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams.

Residents within the Goulais River Watershed are advised that although the ice went out on the river late last week, and ice jams are no longer a concern, the risk of flooding remains high as there is still a large amount of snow remaining in the watershed which could lead to flood conditions.

MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

Description of Weather System

In the next few days a Colorado type Low Pressure System will move into the Sault Ste. Marie area. Rainfall in the amounts of 20 to 35 mm is forecast. There is an additional risk of thunderstorms associated with this system in the 5 to 10 mm range. Day time temperature highs will be 5 to 10 degrees for much of the northeast

Description of Current Conditions

The snow pack within the district still remains high. The recent warmer temperatures have increased the snow melt. Stream flows across the District remain high due to recent snow melt. It is expected that an upward trend in flows will continue over the next several days especially if the forecasted rain and thunderstorms materializes. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

Terminology: Notification Levels

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.

FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.

Environment Canada bulletins can be found at

The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here.


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chichimawn 4/28/2014 3:10:20 PM Report

Watching daily. :)
PS64 4/28/2014 3:57:45 PM Report

10's or thousands of dollars monitoring the Goulais river. Planes flying over. Helicopters going by. I know I see them. NOT A SINGLE things is going to be done if a flood happens. I chose live there. I accept that as a yearly fact. I live with it. But to stand in need/hip deep water and watch ALL THIS MONEY being spent from every one of us with absolutely nothing that is going to be done about it except writing up reports. That is very sad.
rockbanger 4/28/2014 4:52:13 PM Report


Your blog makes sense...

They could get this done much more efficiently by calling a few strategic locals and save money.

But then we would not have excessive numbers of government employees looking all important and such.

Leave it to the Ontario Government to waste cash.
right wing 4/28/2014 5:27:09 PM Report


...and just what do you propose that "they" do.

As you stated you choose to live on a floodplain.
yomamaissofat 4/28/2014 5:38:26 PM Report

Yet why do I think that if it flooded...many, many people would be on here complaining about the MNR not advising residents of the potential!?!?!?
Koolaid 4/28/2014 7:28:21 PM Report

it will not flood
jojoe71 4/28/2014 10:18:52 PM Report

The damage the flood causes depends on where you live along the Goulais River; don't you think ? It could be real bad if the river is only one foot below your property and not so bad if five feet or more below. Most people on the river know enough to pick things up in the fall that might float away. Also we don't need the MNR to tell us when we're in danger. The weather is the best indicator. A long slow melt is ideal ; as we've been experiencing . warm days nights. But in the end it ain't over till the fat lady sings :)
atoz 4/28/2014 11:50:34 PM Report

Listen. I live in Goulais River and its dry as a bone here and gets a bad rap. Beautiful here and cheap taxes.. why dont we talk about great northern rd, how smooth the drive is along there
PS64 4/29/2014 8:18:07 AM Report

right wing... Spend it on resurfacing Great Northern road 3rd line to 2nd line.
When I said standing in water knee/hip deep, I did not mean this year. We dodged a bullet this year when, after the rain a few weeks ago, it turned cold for a few weeks. No flooding this years so far. Although the forecast today and the radar report show a pretty good rainfall on it way by noon. I think we are out of the water though.. NO pun intended... LOL
right wing 4/29/2014 8:29:09 AM Report


I took a tour on the weekend, as I do every year, down Grant Rd and to the end of Pine Shores.
It always tells the story.
I agree that it appears that any major flooding danger is over but there is still a lot of snow in the bush and on the high grounds.
Combine this with several days of heavy rain and as you know, things change real quick.
If the MNR did not monitor and post news alerts and a major flood hit...we'd hear the wailing's clear to Great Northern Rd.
PS64 4/29/2014 9:09:54 AM Report

Not from us. They don't do anything anyhow. GR Fire and Rescue does most of the work. Water usually comes to top of bank each year 1-2 weeks after the ice goes out. Once the inland lakes melt, beaver dams break and the snow pack melts into the Goulais. Kind of standard thing. We just lift our stuff, let nature take it's course, and go back to to 360+- days of pure bliss out there. Like living at camp year round. Step out my front door, jump into the boat, catch few bass or pickerel, have a little fish and chips shore lunch at my fire pit beside the river. Benefits far outweigh the costs. Has to be your kind of life though.
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