May 2, 2017 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED AND OTTAWA RIVER— As a result of significant rainfall received over the past few days, flows and levels have increased throughout the watershed. Levels on the upper lakes will remain high for at least the next week and any significant rainfall during that period may aggravate current conditions. Water levels and flows along the lower Mississippi River will remain high as this water is passed through the system.
Water levels along the Ottawa River, including Constance Bay, are expected to remain high going into the weekend, and could increase again should the forecasted rainfall occur.
Residents are being advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
This WATERSHED CONDITIONS statement is valid through May 8, 2017. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.
A Flood Outlook is early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Daily water levels and flows for the Mississippi Valley watershed are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/.