Flood Forecasting and Warning

Status: Water Safety Statement

Watershed Conditions: Water Safety Statement

Friday, March 8, 2024 (9:30 AM)

Status: Water Safety Statement

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is issuing a Water Safety Statement for the RRCA jurisdiction.

The current short-term weather forecast indicates that a low-pressure system will bring widespread rain across southern Ontario this weekend. At this point, there is still uncertainty regarding rainfall amounts, however, total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm with higher amounts possible are forecasted.

The forecasted rainfall is expected to rapidly increase water levels and flows in local watercourses, potentially causing nuisance flooding in low-lying areas. Please be aware that high-water flows and slippery conditions around water could be dangerous. Caution should be exercised near waterbodies. 

This statement is in effect until Friday, March 15, 2024. The RRCA will continue monitoring water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

For more information: Phil Barnes, Team Lead, Watershed Management, 613-938-3611 ext. 240, phil.barnes@rrca.on.ca

Media contact: Vincent Pilon, Communications Specialist, 613-938-3611 ext. 229, vincent.pilon@rrca.on.ca

Forwarded to: RRCA Flood Forecasting and Warning Directory

About Flood Forecasting and Warning in the RRCA

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is responsible for flood related emergencies. Flood forecasting and warning has been delegated to Conservation Authorities. If a local emergency is declared, MNRF will work directly with the municipality and in consultation with the Conservation Authority.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority monitors precipitation and water levels throughout Cornwall, South Glengarry, and large portions of North Glengarry and South Stormont.

About Flood Forecasting Notices

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 watercourses 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.

In the event of a flood status of anything other than normal, the RRCA will issue a media release and advise our member municipalities.

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