The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has issued a Water
Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook today.
Water levels and flows on inland lakes and streams are near average for this time of year. However, high levels of precipitation could affect water levels significantly due to the ground still being frozen.
Over the next 48 hours, the forecast is calling for a significant amount of rainfall (20-45 mm) throughout the Cataraqui Region. This rainfall, paired with high winds of up to 100 km/h could cause localized flooding in low lying areas as well as increased wave action and possible erosion to the shoreline of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. Creeks in urban areas will rise more quickly due to increased runoff over paved surfaces, ponding and water over roadways may
occur in some areas. Debris covering catchbasins should be cleared to help with drainage.
Ice conditions in the Cataraqui Region are extremely unsafe. CRCA staff is urging residents to stay away from fast flowing watercourses, dams, outflow channels, to exercise caution around lakes and creeks, and stay off the thinning ice. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.
CRCA does not measure ice thickness for advising the public about ice conditions for recreational activities. Ice conditions can vary considerably from one waterbody to the next and within a single waterbody.
CRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts, and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until Thursday, April 12, 2018.
For more details please visit CRCA WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK