Cataraqui Conservation has issued a Water Safety Statement today for inland lakes and streams.

Weather Situation 

Since the start of June some parts of the region have already received over a month’s worth of rain (75 mm+), and more rain is forecast for the coming days. The Environment Canada Special Weather Statement indicates that some areas can expect to receive 25 to 50 mm+ today, June 07, 2022, ending overnight.

Risks 

Water levels and flows are above average on many lakes and watercourses and flows through dams are high for this time of year.

Cataraqui Conservation is urging caution around all dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast-flowing watercourses. Respect the hazards in these areas by obeying all warning signs, and keep away from booms, buoys, and barriers. Stay well back from the water’s edge above and below dams and hydroelectric stations. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.

Widespread flooding is NOT expected at this time, but localized inundation of low-lying areas is occurring in some areas and may persist from the forecasted rainfall. If you witness flooding and/or require assistance your first point of contact is the local municipality.

Staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until (or updated before) Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM.

For up-to-date flooding information, please visit the Cataraqui Conservation flood forecasting and information page at https://cataraquiconservation.ca/pages/flood