Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
The Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety issued by Maitland Conservation on March 6th remains in place.
As of 7:00 am this morning an average of 15 mm of rain has fallen across the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds. The highest amount was 20 mm in the Lucknow area. An additional 5 to 10 mm is expected this morning before the rain tapers off by noon.
The headwaters areas (Harriston and east of Listowel) are expected to peak late this evening with the larger rivers continuing to rise tomorrow.
An additional 10 to 15 mm of rain is in the forecast for Thursday. This will extend the high water levels into the weekend.
Flooding is expected to be limited to traditional low lying areas. Municipal staff have been asked to monitor local problem areas and be prepared for the closures of low lying roads.
Residents are reminded to stay away from all rivers, ditches, and streams. The combination of slippery banks and fast moving cold water will be dangerous. Do not attempt to drive or walk through flooded areas.
Maitland Conservation staff are continuing to monitor conditions and an update will be provided if warranted.
This message will remain in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Monday March 16, 2020.
Stephen Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator
Jayne Thompson, Communications Coordinator
519-335-3557 ext. 226 Cell: 519-357-6670
Types of Flood Messages:
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – General watershed conditions are being assessed for high runoff potential that could lead to flooding, and to remind the public of general river safety issues.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook – Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flood Watch – Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning – Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.