Update: Water Safety Statement has ended (April 4, 2022), status is currently normal.
Cataraqui Conservation has issued a Water Safety Statement today, signifying improving watershed conditions.
Seasonal temperatures are forecast for several days, the exception being a high exceeding 10 degrees Celsius on March 30. Precipitation forecasts are currently predicting 5 - 10mm+ of rain for March 30 – April 1.
The snowmelt (freshet) has peaked and generally, creek flows have been falling for several days. Very little snowpack remains. Lake levels, which take longer to peak following snowmelt, are stabilizing. Though Water Managers are reducing discharge through water control structures, these flows remain high. The forecasted rainfall is generally not a concern. Ice conditions continue to deteriorate.
Cataraqui Conservation is urging caution around all dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast-flowing watercourses. Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, and keep away from booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the water’s edge above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.
Widespread flooding is NOT expected at this time. If you witness flooding and/or require assistance your first point of contact is the local municipality.
Based on current conditions and forecasts, it is hoped that this Water Safety Statement can be lifted in the coming days.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until (or updated before) Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11:59 PM.
For up-to-date flooding information, please visit our flood forecasting and information page at https://cataraquiconservation.ca/pages/flood
See below for watershed conditions terminology:
Normal: No flood conditions exist
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook: Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourse or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.