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: February 19, 2019 - 10:50 am

Special Lake Erie (Eastern Basin) Flood Watch Issued By Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Surface Water Monitoring Centre for February 5, 2019

Ontario flood map



Locally issued flood messages

Issued by MNRF Districts and Conservation Authorities

MNRF Districts

None

Conservation Authorities

  • Cataraqui Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - February 1, 2019
  • Lakehead Region - Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook - January 29, 2019 3:00 pm
  • Rideau Valley - Flood Watch - January 21, 2019

River Regulatory Agencies

None


Provincial Message

Issued to Local Authorities by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre

 

MNRF Districts

None

Conservation Authorities

None

MNRF Southern Region

Water levels and flows are generally within seasonal ranges.

Forecast precipitation is minimal over the next 5 days. Temperatures are forecast to be at or above freezing during the day with a high of plus 5 on Sunday.

MNRF Northeastern Region

Levels and flows are within seasonal ranges.

No significant precipitation is expected through the next five days.

Temperatures are expected to remain below zero over the next 5 days.

MNRF Northwestern Region

Water levels and flows are within seasonal ranges across the region, with the noted exception of the Kam River in Thunder Bay where ice buildup has raised water levels.

No significant precipitation is expected over the next 5 days and temperatures are expected to remain within seasonal ranges.


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: September 12, 2018