Flood statements may be issued to some or all of the following:
- Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Flood Forecast Centre
- Local police and fire departments
- Watershed media
- Neighbouring Conservation Authorities
- Watershed utilities
The key role of the MVCA is to inform our member municipalities of potential flooding in order to prevent the loss of life and reduce property damage and social disruption.
There are five types of notices sent to the media and municipalities depending on watershed conditions:
No flood conditions exist
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
This condition statement is issued to alert municipalities and the public about high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets. Flooding is not expected.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook
This condition statement is issued to provide 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 statements are issued when flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare for flooding.
Flood Status – Flood Warning
Flooding warning statements are issued when 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.