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MVCA Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

Thursday January 12th, 2017

Recent warm temperatures combined with overnight rainfall of approximately 20 mm, will cause the levels of watercourses in the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds to rise and remain elevated for several days. 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.

As of Wednesday afternoon the water content in the snow pack measured between 40 and 60 mm. Climbing temperatures and rain on Wednesday evening resulted in the release of approximately 25 mm of water from the snow pack. Total runoff from rain and snow melt has been approximately 45 mm.

While significant flooding is not expected at this time, municipal staff should monitor local problem areas and be prepared for closures of low-lying roads.

We remind people that slippery and unstable streambanks and cold water temperatures will create hazardous conditions around all watercourses.

Temperatures are forecast to drop back below freezing today. Flows may peak quickly and begin to recede by Friday but will remain elevated throughout the weekend. The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority is monitoring watershed conditions and will provide an update if warranted.

This message is in effect until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday January 14, 2017.