SCRCA issues watershed conditions statement

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) issued a watershed conditions statement on Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2024.

“Environment Canada is tracking a series of sever thunderstorms this afternoon and into this evening,” SCRCA officials say.

“Forecasts predict rainfall amounts of 50 to 75 mm, with the potential for higher precipitation amounts in localized areas. Due to the potential intensity of the storms, water levels are expected to rise rapidly and produce localized runoff. High amounts of rainfall in a short period of time can lead to pooling on roads and flash flooding.”

SCRCA officials added: “Water levels are anticipated to be elevated from the rainfall with the potential for minor flooding into natural floodplain areas, parks and fields; major flooding is not anticipated at this time. Individuals are reminded to avoid 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.”

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

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

This message will remain in effect until Friday, June 21, 2024 at 12 p.m. unless otherwise updated.

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