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.

Special Lake Ontario Flood Watch

Special Lake Ontario Flood Watch Issued By Ministry of Natural Resources' Surface Water Monitoring Centre for May 31st, 2017

Current flood information

Flood information updated as of: August 19, 2017 - 8:30 am

Ontario flood map



Provincial Watershed Conditions Statement for the Province of Ontario Issued by Surface Water Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Locally issued flood messages

Issued by MNRF Districts and Conservation Authorities

MNRF Districts

None

    Conservation Authorities

    • Cataraqui Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - August 15, 2017
    • Central Lake Ontario - Flood Watch -Lake Ontario Shoreline - August 11, 2017
    • Credit Valley - Lake Ontario Flood Watch - July14 - August 2, 2017 12:30 pm
    • Ganaraska Region - Flood Watch - Lake Ontario - June 20, 2017
    • Hamilton - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - July 31, 2017
    • Lower Trent - Flood Warning Update for Lake Ontario/Bay of Quinte - July 14, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Quinte - Flood Warning - August 8, 2017
    • Sault Ste Marie Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - August 17, 2017
    • South Nation - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - August 2, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Toronto and Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Lake Ontario - August 3, 2017 2:00 pm

    River Regulatory Agencies


    Provincial Message

    Issued to Local Authorities by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre

     

    MNRF Districts

    None

    Conservation Authorities

    None

    MNRF Southern Region

    Stream flow conditions across the region are within seasonal range. Forecast precipitation for the region ranges from 10 to 40 mm over the next five days.

    MNRF Northeastern Region

    Stream flow conditions across the region are within seasonal range. Forecast precipitation for the region ranges from 10 to 30 mm over the next five days

    MNRF Northwestern Region

    Stream flow conditions across the region are within seasonal range. Forecast precipitation for the region ranges from 10 to 30 mm over the next five days.


    Flood Message Definitions

    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 and Forestry district office.

     

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    Updated: August 19, 2016