FINCH – South Nation Conservation (SNC) is cautioning that watercourses are expected to rise throughout the next week due to above-freezing temperatures and rainfall.

Rain gauges within the region have recorded between 10 to 20 millimetres of rain since Thurs., Jan. 11, which will increase water levels and flows throughout the South Nation jurisdiction.

Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasts freezing temperatures accompanied with freezing rain and snow later this evening (Fri., Jan. 12). As temperatures are forecasted to fall rapidly, ponding water, slush and falling precipitation will freeze. Due to the freezing, severe flooding is not a concern at this time; however, nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed.

Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and cause slippery river banks. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.  

SNC encourages the public to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas. All feedback can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca, posted on the agency’s Facebook page, or Tweeted.

For more information, contact Omar Kana’n at 1-877-984-2948 extension 309.