The recent warm temperatures have depleted much of the snow pack in the northern sections of the Maitand watershed. Due to the resulting run-off, a flood watch is being issued for the Municipality of Morris-Turnberry, Township of North Huron and Township of Howick.
Municipal officials have been asked to monitor low lying areas in Wingham and Gorrie for potential flooding. There is some uncertainly on the timing of potential flooding but it is expected between mid-morning and later in the afternoon on Friday March 12, 2021.
Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses and flooded areas. Never attempt to drive through flood waters.
Maitland Conservation staff will be closely monitoring the situation over the next 48 hours and will provide an update if conditions change. This message will remain in place until 4:00 pm on Saturday March 13, 2021.
Jeff Winzenried, Water Resources Technician
Jayne Thompson, Communications Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.