Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
Over the past 24 hours the Maitland River watershed has received an average of 32 mm of rain. The highest rainfall amount was recorded in Benmiller with 47 mm. Headwater areas of the Maitland watershed will peak this afternoon, however the levels from Wingham downstream to Goderich will continue to rise until Wednesday morning.
The Nine Mile River watershed received an average of 30 mm of rain overnight. The main river branches in this watershed are expected to continue to rise until early Wednesday morning.
Prior to the overnight rainfall the Maitland River was approximately 95 % ice free. There was a large ice jam in the Auburn area estimated to be 4 km long. The rising river may increase the size of this ice jam or move it further downstream.
Municipal officials should monitor low-lying and flood-prone roads. While significant flooding is not expected at this time, levels in streams and rivers may reach or exceed bankfull conditions resulting in some minor flooding in low-lying areas.
We remind people that slippery and unstable streambanks and cold water temperatures will create hazardous conditions around all watercourses.
Maitland Conservation is monitoring watershed conditions and will provide an update if warranted.
This message is in effect until 9:00 a.m. on Thursday January 25, 2018.
Steve Jackson, Flood and Erosion Safety Services Coordinator