Flood Warning – North Maitland, Little Maitland and Lower Maitland River Watersheds
Flood Watch – Middle Maitland River Watershed and the Nine Mile River Watershed
Maitland Conservation is issuing a Flood Warning for the North Maitland, Little Maitland and Lower Maitland River watersheds. The Flood Warning issued earlier today for the Town of Minto remains in place. A Flood Watch is being issued for the Middle Maitland River watershed and the Flood Watch issued earlier today remains in place for the Nine Mile River watershed.
The intense rainfall that hit parts of the Maitland River watershed overnight is causing water levels in the rivers to rise quickly. Flooding is occurring in many low lying areas causing road washouts in numerous locations. There have also been reports of wash-outs and failures along the Lake Huron shoreline.
Maitland Conservation staff are closely monitoring levels at area dams including: Gorrie, Wroxeter, Wingham, Bluevale and Brussels. The berm at the Gorrie Dam did fail this afternoon as a result of flood waters. Based on flood forecasting modelling, there is the potential for water levels to over-top the other dams as well.
The public is reminded to stay away from all watercourses and never attempt to drive through flooded areas. In addition, residents should be extremely mindful of water levels and flows around the dams and are asked to stay away from these sites.
Maitland Conservation will continue to monitor conditions and update this message if required.
This message is in effect until 12:00 noon on Saturday June 24, 2017.
Stephen Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator