Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Information about the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, which prepares provincial and local authorities in the event of a flood.



Current flood information

August 22, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Provincial Flood Watch Issued for Northwestern Ontario by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on August 22, 2014 at 4:15pm


Local flood messages

 

MNR Districts

None

Conservation Authorities

  • Essex Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - August 21, 2014

Provincial flood messages

 

MNR Districts

Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake

Conservation Authorities

None

Weather Situation

 

A system is forecast to move into northwestern Ontario in the Lake of the Woods area Saturday evening and overnight bringing forecast amounts of up to 30mm of general rainfall with an additional 15-25mm possible from thunderstorms. The system is forecast to continue to drop an additional 15-25mm+ of general rainfall with embedded thunderstorms on Sunday before moving east and out of the region by Monday.

 

Risks

 

Streamflows within the Lake of the Woods watershed remain high. A state of emergency has been declared in Shoal Lake #39 - Iskatewizaagegan # 39 Independent First Nation due to recent flooding. Inputs of precipitation to the area could exacerbate any existing flood issues and cause additional flooding in low lying areas.

 

A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended. The message will be updated based on the changing weather/streamflow conditions.

 

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) August 25th, 5:00pm

 


Provincial flood messages

There are 2 types of provincial flood messages:

  • the Provincial Flood Watch, which provides consistent and timely technical information about the potential for flooding
  • the Provincial Watershed Conditions Statement, which provides information on provincial watershed conditions as they relate to flood potential, and an outlook on expected spring flood conditions

Local flood messages

There are 3 types of local flood messages:

  • flood warning: flooding is imminent or already occurring
  • flood watch: there is the potential for flooding
  • watershed conditions statements: flood Outlook (an early notice of the potential for flooding based on heavy rain, snow melt etc.) and water safety information.

Who to contact for flood information

Your local conservation authority is responsible for local flood messaging.

Your local municipality is responsible for on-the-ground flood response.

If you live in a community that is not serviced by a conservation authority, any flood watches or flood warnings in your area are issued by the nearest Ministry of Natural Resources district office.

 

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Updated: August 5, 2014