Issued at: 11:30 am, Friday January 25, 2019
Issued by: Maitland Conservation Flood Forecast Centre
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook
Previous frazil ice formation has resulted in minor ice buildup downstream of the Port Albert Fishway. The brief thaw on Wednesday has maintained partially open water conditions around the Fishway. Frigid temperatures are forecast to return this weekend. The combination of stronger river flow and frazil ice formation will heighten the risk of ice jamming and localized flooding issues in the Central Syndenham St. area.
It is recommended that Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh staff frequently monitor Nine Mile River levels and roads in the area until conditions improve. Extreme cold temperatures are forecast to persist throughout next week.
Maitland Conservation staff will continue to monitor conditions and will provide an update if warranted.
This message will remain in effect until 4:00 pm on Friday February 1, 2019.
Patrick Huber-Kidby, Environmental Planner and Regulations Officer
Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
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.