Going on iced over waterbodies is not advisable for the next several days until levels decline and colder temperatures can restore the integrity of the ice. As the snowmelt and rain runoff moves through the Rideau system, the ice cover can be expected to shift and, in some places, break up. This could lead to ice jamming at culverts and bridges which could cause localized flooding. Ponding water on the surface will make walking on the ice treacherous.
Parents should ensure that children understand the hazards of playing around watercourses in the winter and all watershed residents are advised to stay off of the ice on rivers and streams and avoid icy and snow covered streambanks where footing can be unpredictable.
Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and issue further statements as conditions warrant.
Patrick Larson, RVCA Senior Water Resources Technician
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
613-692-6831, 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1210
RVCA Watershed Conditions Statements:
- Water Safety – High flows, unstable banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
- Flood Outlook – Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts, calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams and/or lakeshore flooding or erosion.
- Flood Watch – Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individuals in flood prone areas should prepare.
- Flood Warning – Flooding is imminent or already occurring in area watercourses.
South Nation Conservation Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety Statement
February 16th, 2018
Weather Forecast: A significant weather system is forecasted to cross the province over the weekend and into next week. Environment and Climate Change Canada is forecasting 20-40 mm of rain starting Monday, February 19th through Wednesday, February 21st. In addition, above freezing temperatures are forecasted starting Sunday, February 18th.
Environmental Conditions: Water levels across the jurisdiction are at normal conditions. The amount of snow on the landscape is normal for this time of year in most areas.
Risks:The forecasted precipitation and associated snowmelt are likely to produce high water levels and possible nuisance flooding.
ACTION: Residents are advised to exercise caution when near rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows and cause slippery river banks. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
Duration: This statement is in effect until Friday, February 23rd, 2018.
SNC monitors the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. Updates are provided as conditions change.
Please visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas. All feedback can be sent to ; posted on our Facebook (/SouthNationConservation), or Twitter (@SouthNationCA).
For more information, please contact Geoff Owens at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 240.