NBMCA Issues Water Safety Statement for watershed

Jan 11, 2018 - Area watercourses have begun to rise above normal water levels due to runoff from rain and snowmelt that began Wednesday, prompting NBMCA to issue a water safety statement.

"The runoff that the area has experienced will continue today due to above-zero temperatures and precipitation.  An additional 20-25mm of rain forecasted for today together with snowmelt contribute to rising water levels in the area.  Flooding is not anticipated at this time," said Katelyn Lynch, NBMCA's Duty Officer.

Temperatures are forecasted to drop below zero again overnight, with the rain turning to snow.

NBMCA conducted a snow survey on January 2.  Snow depths ranged between 28 and 32 cm in the NBMCA watersheds.  Snow water equivalences were 70% to 100% of normal for this time of year, however there has been accumulation and melt since the snow survey was done.

Snow water equivalences ranged between 29mm in the La Vase River subwatershed, 36mm in the Kaisbuskong River watershed, and 49mm in the Chippewa Creek subwatershed.  NBMCA's next snow survey is scheduled for Monday, January 15.

Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and when combined with cold open water, pose a serious hazard.  Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from watercourses and off water bodies that have thinning, unsafe ice.

Staff at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation will continue to monitor weather and watershed conditions and provide updates if conditions change.

A close watch on local conditions and updated forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada is also recommended.

This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Friday, January 12 at 4 pm.


For more information contact:
Katelyn Lynch, Duty Office 705 474-5420
Sue Buckle, Supervisor Communications & Outreach 705 474-5420