Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety - September 4, 2020

Posted On Friday September 04, 2020
Bulletin: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety
Parry Sound District
Friday, September 04, 2020
 
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Parry Sound District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety is in effect in the District
until Thursday, September 10, 2020.
 
Residents within the Parry Sound-Muskoka area should keep a close watch on conditions,regularly check for updated messages and exercise caution around water bodies as flows
and levels within rivers and streams are relatively high for this time of year. Although flooding is not expected at this time, residents may wish to consider taking action to secure
or protect any property in flood-prone or vulnerable areas
.
Residents and visitors should exercise caution while around water bodies and maintain close supervision of children and pets.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.
 
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
 
Description of Weather System
 
Over the past 10 days the area has received significant amounts of precipitation. Muskoka Airport received ~90mm of rain, however it is likely that other areas in the district received
more rain as some of the rain events were more severe locally.
The forecast currently indicates that over the next 7 days we could see another approximately 50mm of rain.
 
Description of Current Conditions
 
Currently, water levels and flows in lakes and rivers are relatively high for this time of year. It is anticipated that these levels will remain relatively high over the next week depending on
precipitation that is received.
 
It is expected that lower-lying portions of known flood-prone areas may be impacted to various degrees by high water.
 
DEFINITIONS
 
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
 
• WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
• FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities
• FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
 
LEARN MORE
 
• Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage www.ontario.ca/flooding
• Environment Canada bulletins: www. weather.gc.ca
• A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.
 
 
Water Management Department, Parry Sound District Office