SNC issues flood outlook warning

FINCH – The rain is not letting up, and South Nation Conservation (SNC) recently sent out a flood outlook report warning residents that watercourses are expected to rise this week.

Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasted between 40 to 60 millimetres of precipitation on Monday and Tuesday this week, with localized rainfall amounts of more than 100 millimetres, especially in the St Lawrence Valley area.

The forecasted rain will increase runoff to all watercourses within the watershed this week.

Water levels are currently slightly above normal for this time of year.

Although severe flooding is not a concern at this time, minor to nuisance flooding in low-lying areas may be observed.

Potential for blocked storm drains, catch basins and culverts are also very high, which may cause localized flooding.

Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

The statement is in effect until Mon., July 31.

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.