Flood forecast issued for Sault area

Rain is expected tonight through Wednesday, in some areas between 15 and 25 mm and 50 mm

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority says: Moderate rain is expected tonight through Wednesday.

The total amount of precipitation is estimated at 15 to 25 mm, up to 50 mm in some areas due to severe thunderstorms.

Harmful winds and an isolated tornado are possible Wednesday.

The water level in the flood channels is expected to rise. Residents and visitors are requested to avoid these channels and all waterways.

Read the press release below for more information:

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority issues a flood forecast statement to the area residents regarding the current condition of the watershed. Flood forecasting and warning are part of the provincially mandated responsibilities of the Conservation Authority. This statement is sent so that residents can be informed and aware.

The forecast shows moderate rainfall overnight through Wednesday. The total amount of precipitation is expected to be 15 to 25 mm. In some areas, rainfall can exceed 50mm due to severe thunderstorms. Wednesday there is a chance of damaging winds and possibly an isolated tornado.

Currently, local rivers, creeks and streams flow at normal levels. The predicted rainfall will cause levels and flows across the catchment to rise. In low-lying areas with poor drainage, there may be localized flooding.

The flood control channels owned and maintained by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority currently flows at normal levels. The flood channels have to deal with a rise in the water level. It is important to remember that the water in rivers, streams and canals will flow quickly during and after the rainfall.

The Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority will continue to closely monitor stream flows across the river basin and updates will be provided if necessary.

Residents and visitors are urged to stay away from the flood channels and all waterways. Streams can be particularly dangerous and stream banks can be slippery. Keep children and pets away from waterways during this time.

This statement is in effect until August 5, 2022.

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