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Friday, November 1, 2013

Flood Advisories Issued

Regional | by Bayshore News Staff  

Saugeen, Maitland Valley warn of flooding; Ausable Bayfield downgrades statement.

Two Conservation authorities are putting out advisories about the weather.

With all the rain we have had in the last few days -- the Saugeen Valley and the Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities are telling residents to use caution near any watercourses.

With saturated ground conditions, the Saugeen Valley Authority says water levels in all streams and rivers are expected to gradually rise and there will be some flooding in low lying areas.

Officials say conditions won't improve before Monday.

The Maitland Valley Authority says heavy October Rainfall is causing high water flows in the Maitland and Nine Mile Rivers.

Rainfall for the month of October varies from 125 to 250 millimetres in the watershed.

Major flooding is not expected, but low lying areas will be flooded.

The MVCA advisory adds saturated ground conditions along the Lake Huron Shoreline will also make unstable bluff and gully areas more vulnerable to failure.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution near all watercourses.

The water will be fast-moving and higher than normal.

Conservation staff will continue to monitor conditions, and further bulletins will be issued as warranted.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority has downgraded its Flood Watch to a Watershed Conditions Statement.

Lands and Water Technologist with the ABCA, Davin Heinbuck, says while there has been some flooding in prone areas of the watershed, the anticipated 20 to 40 millimetres of rainfall came in just below 15 millimetres.

Heinbuck says with a Watershed Conditions Statement, residents should be aware that the soil is near its saturation point and that rivers and streams are much higher than usual.

As flow rates are faster than normal, river banks should be avoided in the interest of personal safety.


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