Ice Jam Potential: High
Flood Potential: High
Current weather forecasts predict 25-35 mm of rain for parts of our watershed for Friday into Saturday. Temperatures are also forecast to remain above freezing through Saturday evening. Temperatures over the past week have been significantly above freezing for extended periods, causing melting and runoff of our snowpack.
Water levels are currently elevated as a result of recent snowmelt. The forecast rainfall on currently frozen or saturated ground will further increase water levels in area streams. Although more of the river ice has melted, where ice is still present, there is the potential for ice jams. Water could overflow banks and cause flooding in some areas. Widespread flooding is not anticipated at this time.
Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should be on alert.Hazardous conditions may exist around all waterbodies, as there is a high risk of life-threatening injury if a person falls into the extremely cold water. The public and especially children are advised to stay away from all waterbodies.
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority continues to monitor river and stream conditions and will issue additional messages as conditions warrant. This Flood Watch Statement will be in effect until 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2017.
For additional information, please call 705-424-1479 and select option “1” for the flood information line or check our website at: www.nvca.on.ca