Flood Watch Statement Rain and snow melt create potential for water levels to increase 10-20 cm on Dalhousie Lake

Thursday, 06 April 2023 16:06


The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is issuing a FLOOD WATCH for Dalhousie Lake.  With yesterday’s rainfall and the increased snow melt, levels on Dalhousie Lake could increase by 10-20 cm in the next few days. No significant flooding is expected in other areas of the watershed over the next three days.
The shoreline adjacent to lakes, rivers and creeks is very slippery and poses a serious hazard. Falling into open water could result in hypothermia or drowning. Ice conditions on lakes and rivers are deteriorating. Residents are strongly urged to stay off all ice-covered waterways.
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies:

  • The public and pets should stay off all frozen water bodies.
  • Parents are urged to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces and open water.

Residents in flood prone or low-lying areas historically susceptible to flooding should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve on it
  • Portable backup generator and pump
  • Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from the dwelling
  • Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase
  • Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy
  • Familiarize yourself with your municipality’s emergency preparedness plan

This Watershed Conditions Statement is in effect until the end of the day on Monday, April 10, 2023 and will be updated at that time unless the forecasts change.

Please visit the MVCA’s website for more information on:

Contact: Jennifer North
Water Resources Technologist
613-253-0006 ext. 243
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See below for watershed conditions terminology:
Watershed Conditions Statement: general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. There are two variations of these:

  • Water Safety Statement: High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
  • Flood Outlook Statement: 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.

Flood Watch: Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flood Warning: Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should act to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.