SAULT STE. MARIE REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions. Rain at times heavy will begin later tonight, through Saturday and into Sunday. General rainfall amounts of 25 to 30 mm are expected from this event.
There is currently a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico and its proposed track may result in the development of thunderstorms and further rainfall amounts of 25 – 50 mm for the Sault and area.
The Ministry of Natural Resources weather forecasters are closely tracking the storm. Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued rainfall and thunderstorm will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed.
There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage and areas where leaves and debris have accumulated on lawns and roadways. The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority are currently flowing at normal levels. The flood control channels will experience a rise in water levels.
It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and the channels will be fast flowing during and after the rainfall events. The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor 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 updated as necessary with the refinement of the tropical storm’s track. This statement is in effect until Oct. 9, 2017.