Watershed conditions - flood outlook

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority advises that the Surface Water Monitoring Centre (SWMC) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), is forecasting precipitation in the range of 15-25mm on Saturday March 25 with above freezing temperatures. The forecast temperatures and precipitation combined with frozen ground conditions will result in melting snow plus increased water levels and flows within rivers.    

While widespread flooding is not expected, the possibility for flooding in various low-lying areas of the watershed exists due to the expected rainfall and melting of the snowpack. There is also the potential for ice breakup in some areas as a result of the increased flows. Ice jams may be possible in some of the watercourses.       

All watercourses in our area may experience higher than normal water levels and flows. As a result, local streams and rivers may become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts and bridges. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.   

This watershed conditions statement will be in effect through Monday, March 27, 2023. 

For further information, contact Alison Edwards at 905-895-1281.

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