Saugeen Valley Conservation issues watershed update

Forecast precipitation, warmer temperatures and associated snowmelt will result in elevated water levels across the Saugeen River watershed over the next few days.

Rain is forecast to develop late Monday afternoon and continue through the night. Total amounts of 15 to 25 mm are expected. In addition, recent snow surveys indicate that the average water content in the snowpack is higher than normal for this time of year. Warm temperatures and saturated soils will cause the melting snow to run-off quickly to local watercourses.

While significant flooding is not expected, rivers could reach or exceed bankfull conditions, with minor flooding in traditional low-lying areas. More extensive flooding is possible should the region receive rainfall amounts greater than what are currently forecast. Stream flows are expected to peak on the smaller to medium-sized watersheds early Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening on the larger rivers.

Municipal and County staff should monitor problem areas and prepare to close low-lying roads. Residents are reminded to stay away from all watercourses. The cold water, combined with slippery and unstable stream banks, will create hazardous conditions near all waterways.

This message will remain in effect until 11:00 am on Friday, March 13th, 2020, unless local conditions warrant further updates. Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) will continue to monitor watershed conditions.