Flood Warning issued for Dalhousie Lake – Flood Watch issued for Mississippi Lake, Clyde River
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is issuing FLOOD WARNING for Dalhousie Lake. Rainfall amounts in excess of 50 mm and warmer temperatures over the weekend have caused flows into Dalhousie Lake to increase faster than anticipated. Current estimates put levels on the lake rising another 20 to 30 cm above today’s current level of 157.26; slightly above those experienced last year but below those reached in 2017.
A FLOOD WATCH is in effect for the CLYDE RIVER AND MISSISSIPPI LAKE. Flows on the Clyde, Fall, Indian and Carp Rivers have increased dramatically over the last 24 hours and are expected to continue to increase over the next four days. Levels on Mississippi Lake are expected to increase 30 to 50 cm over today’s levels by mid-week bringing levels close to or slightly above those experienced in 2017.
Smaller creeks, tributaries and ditches are flowing over in numerous areas of the watershed. Parents are encouraged to remind their children about hypothermia and the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks. They are also reminded to keep their pets away from the same areas. Residents are strongly urged to stay off all ice covered waterways.
Residents in flood prone or low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
- Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it
- Portable backup generator and/or battery pump
- Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling
- Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
- Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy
- Familiarize yourself with your municipality’s emergency preparedness plan
Substantial rainfall is also forecasted for later in the week. That has the potential to cause significant flooding in some areas of the watershed depending on where and how much rainfall there is. MVCA will continue to monitor conditions and provide updates as required.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at www.mvc.on.ca. Updates to the watershed conditions will be issued as required.
This FLOOD WARNING is in effect until April 17, 2019 and will be updated at that time unless the forecast or conditions change.
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