The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority says that Flood Potential High as approximately 30 to 35m of rain has fallen locally since last (Sunday) night (Apr 15).
The heavy rainfall, combined with melting ice pellets and saturated ground conditions, is causing a large amount of runoff. The river and creeks are currently rising due to the runoff and will likely start spilling onto low-lying flood plains soon.
Minor and nuisance flooding can be expected especially in normally flood prone areas and where flows become blocked by ice or debris.
Cold, fast flowing water and slippery conditions around water bodies can be very hazardous. Residents are reminded to use extreme caution and to keep children away from creeks and river banks.
While no shoreline flooding is expected at this time, water levels will be on the rise over the next few days for Rice Lake and Lake Ontario as a result of the high volume of runoff.