Heavy rainfall prompts SVCA Flood Watch to remain in effect


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The Flood Watch, issued Wednesday (April 9) by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) and updated Saturday (April 12), remains in effect. 

Rain occurred over a seven-hour period late Saturday and early Sunday across the SVCA watershed, with rainfall amounts generally ranging from 20-35 millimetres (mm).

The run-off from this precipitation has raised the levels of most watercourses, and levels are still increasing at this time except for the smaller streams.

Flooding will continue and will be more extensive in the traditional low-lying floodplain areas. Levels were not expected to begin receding until Monday (April 14), but could increase further if additional rain occurs.

The ground remains saturated and low areas are already flooded, so any further significant rainfall could push river flows higher still.

The current forecast is indicating more scattered showers or thunderstorms with about 25 mm of rain possible by Monday evening. Also, showers are expected across southern Ontario Monday night and into Tuesday.

As a precautionary measure, SVCA's Flood Forecast Centre will be staffed on a 24-hour basis, beginning Sunday night. Flows will continue to be monitored during this time, and this status will be reassessed on a daily basis until further notice.

This message is in effect until 3 p.m., Monday,
April 14, unless a further statement is issued.


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