A moderate rise in water levels, with a slight potential of ice jams is expected over the course of this week. Surveys conducted late last week showed the snowpack contained 45 to 55 mm of water. Mild temperatures yesterday and later this week will melt most of the snowpack. In addition, there was an average rainfall of about 14.5 mm across the watershed overnight.
Flows are expected to remain elevated until Friday, however, major flooding is not anticipated. Watercourses could reach or exceed bank-full conditions, with minor flooding in traditional low-lying areas. Streamflow will peak in the smaller watercourses later today, with larger rivers through Wednesday and Thursday.
Residents are reminded to use caution near all watercourses as the water is cold and streambanks are unstable and 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 Friday, February 8th, 2019, unless local conditions warrant further updates. The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) will continue to monitor watershed conditions.