Otonabee Conservation advises residents and municipalities within the Otonabee Region watershed that a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is now n effect for the entire region.
This type of message is issued during periods of high flows along watercourses, unsafe banks, melting ice and other factors that could mean dangerous conditions.
Two storms are expected to move through our region this week, bringing with them inclement weather. the first storm is expected to begin delivering rain this evening. Rainfall will then continue to fall through to Tuesday afternoon and evening. in the next 24 hours, a total of 25mm of rain is expected to fall. Then, there will be a bit of a break on Wednesday before the second storm moves into our region and it will deliver as much as 35 mm of rain on Thursday and into Friday.
Water levels and flows in the region are normal for this time of year, and therefore, watercourses and other water bodies in the region are not expected to flood as a result of the expected rainfall. However, the forecast rain will result in higher water levels and fast flowing water. It is important to remember to stay away from the water, including rivers, streams, canal, wetlands and ditches.
The information provided in this Watershed Condition Statement – Water Safety is based on observations by Otonabee Conservation, combined with information from its partners including Environment and Climate Change Canada, Water Survey of Canada, Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Otonabee Conservation will continue to track the weather and watershed conditions. In the event that Otonabee Conservation detects a change that could increase water levels and flows and cause flooding to occur, Otonabee Conservation will notify local Community emergency Management Coordinators.
If you experience a flood emergency, please call 911 immediately.
This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety will remain in effect until further notice.