KINGSTON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has updated the current Water Safety Statement for the region today.
Little to no snowpack remains throughout the watershed following what has been a relatively orderly spring thaw.
Creek flows remain elevated from the ongoing melt and some are slightly above seasonal norms. Weather forecasts indicate 20 to 40mm of precipitation between Friday April 12 through Monday April 15. A level of uncertainty remains as to the total rainfall amounts. This forecast rainfall will continue to impact flows and raise levels further due to increased runoff in areas where the ground is still frozen. If the higher forecasted precipitation amounts occur, some lakes, creeks and rivers may experience higher than normal spring levels, potentially leading to localized flooding of low-lying areas.
Widespread flooding is NOT expected at this time. However, if you witness flooding and/or require assistance your first point of contact is the local municipality.
Seasonal lake level increases have begun, and dam outflows are increased as water managers continue to operate structures to pass flows down through the system.
CRCA is urging residents to use caution, to stay off the ice, away from dams (inflow and outflow channels) and fast flowing watercourses. Creek banks and lake shorelines may be slippery, increasing the chance of falling in.
CRCA does not measure ice thickness for advising the public about ice conditions for recreational activities. Ice conditions can vary considerably from one waterbody to the next and within a single waterbody.
Remaining ice conditions on lakes have the potential for damage to infrastructure while seasonal lake levels and flows fluctuate.
Staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until April 24, 2019.
For up to date flooding information, please visit the CRCA’s flood forecasting and information page at www.crca.ca/flood.