Flood Watches, Warnings and Updates

MNRF Flood Watch & Flood Warning for Burnt, Irondale and York Rivers

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect for Bancroft District and a Flood Warning is in effect for specific watercourses; specifically the Burnt, Irondale and York Rivers.

A flood watch means the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

With the onset of the snowmelt, water levels and flows are rising rapidly in northern areas. Snow amounts are above average for this time of the year in the most northern areas of the Gull River system. Most lakes on the Gull River and Burnt River systems remain below average but are rising due to the onset of the melt. Lake levels are monitored daily and assessed in relation to estimated runoff amounts. The flows on Gull River and Burnt remain above average due to the snowmelt and operational activities. Flows on both rivers are anticipated to increase with increased runoff from the forecasted precipitation. The reservoirs on the Gull River system are expected to adequately absorb the precipitation and snowmelt from the forecast event. There is a strong likelihood that typical flood prone areas on the Burnt River and Irondale will experience flooding. The flows on the York River are rising rapidly and will likely start to impact flood susceptible properties tomorrow and through the weekend.  The peak of this event is unlikely to realized until early next week.

Due to mostly frozen conditions, the ground’s ability to absorb runoff and snowmelt is limited. The potential exists for nuisance flooding of roadways, ditches, and low-lying flood-prone areas as the melt progresses. There may be potential for minor ice jam related flooding on some rivers. A close watch on local forecasts and conditions is recommended.

MNRF is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate. 

CVCA Flood Outlook Statement

The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook Statement effective immediately and will remain in effect until April 17, 2019.

Water levels and flows continue to rise due to recent significant rainfall amounts in the past 24 hours.  Coupled with ongoing snowmelt in the watershed, especially in the northern reaches, conditions for flooding remain a threat throughout the watershed. The potential for flooding risks will increase as a result of these weather conditions.  As a result, the CVCA flood forecasting and monitoring staff has issued a FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT for the entire Crowe Valley watershed.

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