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
Flood information updated as of: March 23, 2017 - 11:00 am
Ontario flood map
Locally issued flood messages
Issued by MNRF Districts and Conservation Authorities
- Parry Sound - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - March 20, 2017
- Central Lake Ontario - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - March 23, 2017 11:00 am
- Crowe Valley - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - February 28, 2017 12:00 pm
- Lower Trent - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - March 9, 2017
- Otonabee - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - March 22, 2017
- Rideau Valley - Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety - March 3, 2017 3:30 pm
River Regulatory Agencies
Issued to Local Authorities by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre
MNRF Southern Region
Water levels and flows in some locations across the central portions of the region have responded due to recent precipitation and snowmelt. Five day precipitation forecast across the region ranges from 15 to 40mm/cm.
MNRF Northeastern Region
Water levels and flows across the region are in the seasonal range. Five day precipitation forecast across the region ranges from 5 to 30mm/cm.
MNRF Northwestern Region
Water levels and flows across the region are in the seasonal range. Five day precipitation forecast across the region ranges from 1 to 17mm/cm.
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.