KINGSTON – The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has updated its Watershed Conditions Statement to a Flood Outlook today.
The 30 – 35 mm of rain received yesterday has increased water levels and flow rates in creeks and inland lakes, many of which continue to rise. Urban ponding and localized flooding of low-lying areas has been reported.
With creek and lake levels moderately high and rising, and the expectation of runoff from the melting snow/ice pack that built-up during this past weekend’s ice storm, further localized flooding of low-lying areas is a possibility. Widespread flooding is NOT expected at this time.
Water Managers continue to manage flows to the extent possible to pass water down through the system with the fewest possible impacts. Be advised that operations may increase flows downstream.
CRCA is urging residents to exercise caution around lakes and streams, stay off any remaining ice, and to stay away from unstable or slippery creek banks and shorelines, as well as any dams and outflow channels.
CRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and forecasts, and will update statements as needed. This Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook will remain in effect until Thursday, April 26, 2018.