Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook for the entire Otonabee Region watershed.

A Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook is issued to raise awareness. Based on weather forecasts for heavy rain, snowmelt or high wind, a change in conditions on local waterways is possible.

Information in this message regarding watershed conditions is based on observations of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority combined with input from our partners including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada – Ontario Waterways Unit, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

A low pressure system from the American Midwest will move into the region tonight (Wednesday, April 05) and bring with it increment weather that will continue throughout the overnight, all day on Thursday, and into Friday. Showers beginning tonight will change to rain, sometimes heavy, delivering an estimated 20 millimeters by 8 a.m. on Thursday. Then, during the next 24 hours, another 25 millimeters is expected to fall. Before the system leaves our region on Friday, rainfall totals are likely to be in the order of 50 millimeters.

Currently, the ground is saturated, evaporation and transpiration rates are low, and water levels/flows in area lakes, rivers, streams and creeks are moderate. The expected rainfall is not anticipated to cause area waterbodies / watercourses to exceed their normal confines, but watershed conditions are expected to become increasingly more hazardous due to increasingly higher water levels and increasingly faster flows. It is most very important, therefore, that area residents stay SAFE by Staying Away From the Edge of all area watercourses / waterbodies – lakes, canals, rivers, streams, creeks, wetlands and drainage ditches.

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority continues to track the weather and watershed conditions. In the event that the ORCA detects a change that could increase water levels / flows, and thereby, cause flooding, the ORCA will notify local Community Emergency Management Coordinators.

To report a flood in your area, call the Flood Watch Hotline – 705-745-5791, ext. 228. If you experience a flood emergency, call 911 immediately.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook message will remain in effect until further notice.

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