A slow melt in the forecast

The Glengarry News - - News -

A slow melt is in the forecast as the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (RRCA) continues to ad­vise the pub­lic to be wary of pos­si­ble flooding dur­ing the spring thaw.

Sun­shine with day­time tem­per­a­tures above freez­ing with no sig­nif­i­cant pre­cip­i­ta­tion in the im­me­di­ate forecast will re­sult in a con­tin­ued grad­ual melt, says the agency.

As the snow continues to melt, wa­ter lev­els in rivers and creeks are ex­pected to rise and weaken ice cover on lakes, ditches, lo­cal streams and rivers. Ex­treme cau­tion should be ex­er­cised when near bod­ies of wa­ter.

Par­ents should in­form their chil­dren of the risks and pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate su­per­vi­sion.

The snow pack through­out the re­gion is hold­ing sub­stan­tial wa­ter con­tent. There is po­ten­tial for above av­er­age flooding this spring across the RRCA ju­ris­dic­tion, par­tic­u­larly in low-ly­ing ar­eas that have flooded in the past. There is also a con­cern for flooding along laneways and drive­ways due to snow/ice and de­bris ac­cu­mu­la­tion within the ditches and cul­verts.

Ad­di­tion­ally, this year’s cold win­ter has re­sulted in thicker than usual ice cover on the rivers; this may lead to ice jam­ming and ice pil­ing as the rivers break up.

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