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 20, 2019 - 10:10 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
River Regulatory Agencies
Issued to Local Authorities by the Surface Water Monitoring Centre
MNRF Southern Region
Water levels and flows are generally within seasonal ranges.
Forecast precipitation is minimal over the next 5 days.
Wednesday snow will be transitioning to ice pellets and freezing rain as temperatures warm towards the freezing mark by this afternoon. Freezing rain and ice pellet amounts will range from trace to 5mm. Highs will range from 0 to -5C. Lows will range from 0 to -5C.
Daytime highs will remain near freezing all week.
This weekend strong winds are forecast from the southwest, on the southern Great Lakes.
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 below zero over the next 5 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.