MVCA Watershed Conditions Statement

July 11, 2017 by

Rideau River SFThe following statement was issued by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – High Water – Update #2 – July 10, 2017

Lakes and rivers remain high

JULY 10, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED— With continuing rainfall, flows and levels across the Mississippi River watershed remain high and have yet to stabilize.  Although levels are expected to stabilize in the next couple of days, any additional rain this week and next could aggravate the situation. Conditions will remain higher than normal for this time of year over the next few weeks.

Watershed dams are being operated to manage the increased flows. These areas are extremely dangerous for recreational users of the river system. Residents and visitors are advised to stay well clear of any dam while swimming, boating or fishing to avoid being caught in strong currents and pulled into the dam.

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time, and when combined with current flow conditions pose a serious hazard especially for small children and pets.

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.