A water safety bulletin has been extended by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, as ice and snow is deteriorating and there is the potential for minor ice jamming.
“Above-seasonal temperatures are promoting the breakup and movement of ice along lakes and rivers in the region,” SCRCA officials stated on Friday, February 26, 2021.
“As conditions progress, residents along the St. Clair River and Sydenham River may experience minor ice jams as the ice moves through the system. Sections of the rivers are now open, however ice remains in the lower reaches of both.”
SCRCA officials say snowpack across the watershed is slowly deteriorating with the warmer temperatures, with melting anticipated to continue through the weekend as temperature remain above freezing with 5-10 mm of rain.
“The loss of snowpack may elevate water levels and contribute to saturated soils and ponding,” SCRCA officials say.
“Residents are reminded to avoid shorelines, watercourses and flooded areas due to dangerous ice conditions, slippery banks and cold, swift moving water. Children and pets should be kept away from the water.”
The Conservation Authority continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue advisories to municipalities and media should flood issues arise, officials say.
Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.
This message will remain in effect until Tuesday, March 2, 2021, unless otherwise updated.