A slow melt in the forecast
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.