Conservation Sudbury Issues Water Safety Statement

Conservation Sudbury is issuing a Water Safety statement for the Greater Sudbury watersheds effective immediately. This statement will remain in effect until 10:00 a.m., April 12.

All watersheds within the City of Greater Sudbury still have a significant snowpack that holds more than 200 mm of water content. The current Environment Canada forecast for the weekend and into early next week indicates warm temperatures nearing 10o C with light precipitation. These conditions will accelerate the snowmelt, resulting in a rapid increase in water levels in area streams.

Currently stream flows are within the seasonal range and therefore flooding is not anticipated. However, localized ponding in low-lying areas is possible.

Public safety is the number one priority, especially for children who may be attracted to the edge of creeks or rivers. The cold, fast-flowing water must be avoided. Stream banks will be very slippery and unsafe, and must be avoided. Any open-water areas will continue to widen and these must also be avoided.

Water levels will not decrease rapidly and developing conditions must be closely monitored by all residents especially those living in known low-lying, hazard areas where overland flooding could become an issue.