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Water Safety / Watershed Conditions Statement

Posted: March 14, 2019

Watershed Conditions Statement



Tel: (519) 367-3040        Fax: (519) 367-3041     Website:

Message Number: 2019.3.1                 

 Issued at:   Wednesday, 13 March 2019

 Issued by:   Shaun Anthony (Flood Warning / Water Quality Coordinator)


 To:      Watershed Media

             Watershed Municipalities and Counties

            SVCA Authority Members

 cc:       Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Midhurst District

                                                                               Owen Sound Area Office

                                                                   Surface Water Monitoring Centre


Forecasted rain and unseasonably warm temperatures will result in rising water levels across the Saugeen River Watershed over the next few days.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low teens by Thursday afternoon, which will result in a rapid depletion of the existing snowpack. Across the watershed the snowpack currently holds a range from 0 – 90 mm of water equivalent.  In addition, soils are currently saturated, which means melting snow and any additional precipitation will run off quickly into local waterways.

While significant flooding is not expected, watercourses could reach or exceed bank-full conditions, with minor flooding in low-lying areas. There may also be a potential for ice jam related flooding on streams and rivers should significant ice break up occur. Municipal staff should monitor problem areas and prepare to close low-lying roads.

Residents are reminded to use caution near all watercourses as the water is cold and streambanks are slippery at this time. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from streams and off frozen water bodies.

This message will remain in effect until 11:00 am on Monday, March 18th, 2019, unless local conditions warrant further updates. Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) will continue to monitor watershed conditions.

Confirmation of receipt of this message: not required                                        

Contact: Shannon Wood


Types of Flood Messages

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – General watershed conditions are being assessed for high runoff potential that could lead to flooding, and to remind the public of general river safety issues.

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, landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.



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