Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
Issued for the Town of Minto
A localized band of high intensity rainfall tracked through the Maitland watershed this evening bringing torrential rain to communities between Seaforth and Harriston. Rainfall totals as of 8:00 pm tonight ranged from 30 to 50 mm, the majority of which was received over a span of one hour. Significant rainfall appears to have passed, but a chance of showers is forecasted overnight and into the early morning. Soils within the hardest hit areas have quickly become saturated and rivers will likely show a fast response to runoff.
River levels are expected to reach or slightly exceed bankfull conditions, with flooding limited to traditional flood-prone areas. Significant flooding is not expected at this time. Municipal staff should monitor local problem areas and be prepared for the closures of low lying roads.
Residents are reminded to stay away from rivers, ditches, and streams. Riverbanks will be saturated and slippery, and flows will be very fast for the next several days.
Maitland Conservation staff will continue to monitor the forecast and an update on watershed conditions will be provided if warranted. This message will remain in effect until 10:00 a.m. on Monday October 11, 2021.
Contact: Mat Shetler, Watershed Information Technician
Media Contact: 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.