water safety statement for inland lakes and streams

Cataraqui Conservation has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety today due to heavy rainfall expected July 10 – 11, the remnants of Hurricane Beryl. Residents and visitors to the Cataraqui Region should exercise caution around water bodies.

Weather Situation: The remnants of Hurricane Beryl is moving towards the Lower Great Lakes. With a forecasted range of 25 – 75 mm rainfall for July 10 - 11, there remains considerable uncertainty. The bulk of the rain is expected July 10 with rainfall rates of 20 – 40 mm per hour possible.

Risks: Some streams will rise quickly, especially if the higher rainfall amounts are received. Some localized inundation of low-lying, poorly drained, and urbanized areas is possible.

Increased discharge through water control structures at dams on managed lakes may result as Water Managers make adjustments to manage excess flows and limit, as much as possible, negative impacts.

Cataraqui Conservation is urging caution, particularly around all dams (inflow and outflow channels), fast-flowing watercourses, and stormwater ponds. 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. However, localized inundation of low-lying and poorly drained areas is possible. If you witness flooding and/or require assistance, your first point of contact is the local municipality.

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) Friday, July 12, 2024, 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.