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SVCA issues Flood Outlook Statement

Multiple waves of rain and thunderstorms are expected to drench southern Ontario between Friday and Sunday, prompting a flood outlook statement from The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.

Depending on the tracking of the strong storm system over southern Ontario, the watershed could see up to 50 millimetres of rain by Sunday, which could lead to higher than normal levels in waterways.

Recent drought conditions could lead to runoff due to dry soils unable to effectively absorb heavy rainfall. That could contribute to high water levels, especially in the vicinity of culverts and bridges

While significant flooding is not expected, rivers could reach or exceed bankfull conditions, with minor flooding in traditional low-lying areas.

More extensive flooding is possible should the region receive rainfall amounts greater than what are currently forecast.

Residents are reminded to stay away from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks make these locations extremely dangerous. Municipal and County staff should monitor problem areas and prepare to close low-lying roads.

The Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Tuesday June 29, 2021, or until further notice. The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority will continue to monitor stream
conditions and will provide updates as required.
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