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Snow melt, forecasted rain may lead to localized flooding, warns Conservation Authority

20 to 30 mm of rain expected to fall tonight
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NEWS RELEASE
SAULT STE. MARIE REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY
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The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority would like to issue a watershed conditions statement to residents in regard to current watershed conditions.

A low-pressure system is expected to move in Wednesday evening bringing precipitation, mostly in the form of rain, across the watershed. Rainfall amounts will likely be in the range of 20 to 30 mm. Additional thunderstorms from 10 to 20 mm could drive rainfall amounts from 30 to 50 mm in isolated locations. Daytime high temperatures are forecast in the 7 to 9 degrees Celsius range over the next five days with forecasted highs up to 15 degrees Celsius. Night-time low temperatures are largely forecast to stay below 0 degrees Celsius. This will assist in melting the snowpack and releasing more meltwater into waterways.

Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams are flowing at normal levels. Continued snowmelt, warm temperatures, supplemented by rainfall will cause levels and flows to rise across the watershed. There may be localized flooding in areas with poor drainage.

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 cold and fast flowing during and after the rainfall event.

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 is in effect until April 25, 2019.

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