Message Number: 2023-02
Issued on: April 5, 2023 (1:30pm)
Issued by: John Bittorf, Water Resources Coordinator
To: Watershed Municipalities and Watershed Media
Some watersheds within Grey Sauble area have already received 50mm of rain with more in the forecast. As a result, fields and low-lying areas are experiencing significant ponding and overland flow. Small watercourses and drainage ditches are becoming overwhelmed, resulting in localized flooding situations. Larger river systems are just starting to respond and are expected to continue to rise throughout the day and into the night. Levels on these systems may exceed normal spring runoff levels. However, unusual riverine flooding is not expected at this time.
Flood watches are issued when flooding is possible along local watercourses. Landowners within known flood prone areas should monitor their situation and be prepared in case of flooding.
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority would like to remind everyone that during spring runoff events, potential conditions exist that could pose a risk to personal safety. High flows, unsafe banks, or other factors could be dangerous for residents and pets. Stay back from riverbanks and away from fast moving water.
Grey Sauble staff will continue to monitor the weather and the flows and provide additional updates as needed. Watershed residents can access stream flow and rain gauge data through our Watershed Conditions page on our website (http://www.greysauble.on.ca/water-management/current-watershedconditions/).
This Statement expires April 8th at 12pm unless replaced by further updates.
Contact: John Bittorf, Water Resource Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-376-3076