Saturday, January 22, 2022

SCRCA issues watershed conditions statement

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority issued a wtaershed conditions statements on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

“Significant rainfall this fall has left water levels elevated and soils saturated into December,” SCRCA officials stated.

“With temperatures fluctuating above freezing, snowpack across the watershed is melting and moving into the Sydenham River. A snow survey conducted yesterday, December 1, found the snowpack snow-water equivalent (SWE) to be upwards of 18 mm.”

SCRCA officials added: “The melting snowpack is anticipated to further elevate water levels and residents may experience minor flooding into natural floodplain areas, parks and farmland, as well as ponding in fields. Possible rainfall forecasted for this weekend could slow the decline of the water levels, if received.”

Individuals are reminded to avoid shorelines, watercourses and flooded areas due to dangerous conditions, slippery banks and cold, swift moving water.

Children and pets should be kept away from the water, SCRCA officials added.

The Conservation Authority continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue advisories to municipalities and media should flood issues arise.

Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.

This message will remain in effect until Monday, December 6, 2021, unless otherwise updated.

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