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April 14, 2014

 

 

Update from the Town of Bancroft regarding Ministry of Natural Resources Bancroft District Notice of “Flood Warning” issued April 10, 2014

 

The flood warning remains in effect.  The Town held consultations over the weekend with MNR and neighbouring municipalities.   We continue our daily consultations.

 

Water levels are high as a result of normal spring water runoff conditions.  Please stay clear of rivers and fast flowing creeks and streams.

 

The Town and MNR continue to closely monitor river and lake levels.  Public updates will be provided regularly as conditions change.

 

Update -  "Flood Warning" as of Friday April 11 at 4 pm

 

As of 4pm, Friday, April 11, 2014 Hazel Lambe CAO reported there is no change; we still remain in a Flood Warning. If there is a change we will send out a public notice immediately.

 

Update from the Town of Bancroft regarding MNR "Flood Warning" - April 10, 2014

 

Update from the Town of Bancroft regarding Ministry of Natural Resources Bancroft District Notice of “Flood Warning” issued April 10, 2014.

 

A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent in specific low lying areas.  The MNR are closely monitoring and communicating with area municipalities.  The Town of Bancroft is taking proactive measures to communicate with the public and to be prepared for any sudden changes.  Our Public Works Manager will be in contact with those that normally have yearly flooding conditions and will offer Town assistance. 

 

Contact Perry Kelly, Public Works Manager at 613-332-7060 or the Town of Bancroft office at 613-332-3331.  Contact is available for the public 24/7.

 

Flood condition updates will be posted as they are received from the MNR Bancroft District on the Town website and social media, and Moose FM 97.7 will also be kept updated.

 

Flood Warning - Thursday, April 10, 2014

 
Please note that the Flood watch issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources on April 8 has now been upgraded to a Flood Warning, due to rain and run off from melting snow. Residents in low lying areas are urged to monitor the developing co...nditions. More information is below...

BULLETIN
Ministry of Natural Resources

Flood Warning
Bancroft District NEWS Thursday, April 10, 2014
(5:00 pm)

The Ministry of Natural Resources - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect in the District.

Residents of Bancroft District should take necessary action to protect property and monitor developing conditions closely. People are asked to stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams. MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Description of Weather System:
This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNR - Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNR - Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada.
Warmer temperatures are expected to continue over the next five days with daytime highs of +10 degrees C with the potential for 15mm of rain Thursday through Friday. We are monitoring a large weather system that is set to move in to the province Saturday evening and remain over the weekend and into early next week. If the storm hits our region as is currently forecasted, we could receive 50+mm of rain from Saturday night through Monday with a five day precipitation total of 80-100mm.

Description of Current Conditions:
Although some of the snowpack has melted over the last week, a significant amount of snow is still present. There is a snow water equivalent in the snowpack of approximately 115-120mm. Mild temperatures combined with the significant forecasted rainfall will rapidly melt the remaining snow and will quickly increase water levels and flow velocities in local rivers and streams. Smaller streams and creeks are expected to respond quickly to the additional runoff, but larger water bodies, including the reservoir lakes, will take longer to react. Municipalities and residents should closely monitor low lying and flood prone areas along the Burnt, Irondale, Gull, and Black Rivers as well as the York and Madawaska Rivers. These water bodies are expected to respond quickly to the rapidly melting snow and forecast rainfall. Additional water accumulation in areas adjacent to watercourses, road ditches and areas with poor drainage will occur. Road overtopping is possible in some locations. With the combination of double digit temperatures, forecasted precipitation and remaining ice cover on local lakes and rivers, there is the potential for ice jams to form which could contribute to elevated water levels and flooding.

The water levels of the reservoir lakes are rising at a slow rate. Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) officials advise that the winter drawdown of the lakes has created significant storage capacity and currently there are no flooding concerns for lake shoreline areas. TSW staff assess the situation daily and undertake dam operations as required. The MNR and the TSW continue to closely monitor local lakes and rivers as the freshet progresses.

The MNR is in regular communication with partner agencies, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the TSW.

Expiry Date:
This message will expire on Monday, April 14 2014, 12:00 PM

Terminology: Notification Levels
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT - FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities
FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
Contact Information
For more information please contact:
MNR Bancroft District Office
Paul Shalla, A/IRM Technical Specialist, Bancroft District, 613-332-3940 x208
MNR Minden Field Office
Kris Windover, IRM Technical Specialist, Minden Field Office, Bancroft District, 705-286-5207
A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/
The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding

 

Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook

 

Bancroft District -  Monday, April 07, 2014, 4:00pm

NEWS

The Ministry of Natural Resources - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in the Bancroft District.

Residents of Bancroft District should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams.

 

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

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Description of Weather System

This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNR - Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNR - Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada.

The short-term forecast calls for a quick warm up this week with temperatures in the double digits then a return to cooler temperatures. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the areas covered in this message with precipitation amounts of 25-35mm with the possibility of 10cm of snow forecast over the next 36hrs. The forecast five day precipitation totals is for 35-45mm of rain.

Heavier, more extreme precipitation events are expected to occur during periods of mild weather and the longer the snowpack and ice remain, the more likely we will see more extreme precipitation events in late April and early May.

Description of Current Conditions

Although some of the snowpack has melted over the last week, a significant amount of snow is still present. There is a slightly higher than normal water content in the snow. Soil surfaces are dry and unfrozen in most areas and should be able to absorb moisture. Mild temperatures combined with the forecasted rainfall will continue to melt snow and will increase water levels and flow velocities in local rivers and streams. Smaller streams and creeks respond quickly to the additional runoff, but larger water bodies, including the reservoir lakes, will take longer to react. Additional water accumulation in areas, adjacent to watercourses, road ditches and areas with poor drainage will occur. Road overtopping is

possible in some locations. With the combination of forecast precipitation and remaining ice cover on local lakes and rivers there is the potential for ice jams to form and contribute to elevated water levels and flooding in some instances.

Reservoirs in the district are at or below the target operating level for this time of year. The MNR and the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) continue to closely monitor local lakes and rivers as the freshet progresses.

The MNR is in regular communication with partner agencies, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the TSW.

Expiry Date:

This message will expire on 04/11/2014 12:00 AM

Terminology: Notification Levels

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.

FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

Contact Information

MNR Bancroft District Office

Paul Shalla, A/IRM Technical Specialist, Bancroft District, 613-332-3940, x208

MNR Minden Field Office

Kris Windover, IRM Technical Specialist, Minden Field Office, Bancroft District, 705-286-5207

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/

The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here:

: www.ontario.ca/flooding

 

Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook

 

NEWS  -  Bancroft District                            Monday, March 17, 2014 - 1 pm

 

The Ministry of Natural Resources - Bancroft District is advising area residents that a Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook is in effect in the Bancroft District.

 

Residents of Bancroft District should keep a close watch on conditions, regularly check for updated messages and stay away from fast-moving rivers and streams.

 

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

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

 

Description of Current Conditions

 

This message is being sent on the basis of information received from MNR - Surface Water Monitoring Centre, MNR - Aviation Forest Fire and Emergency Management Services, Trent Severn Waterway and Environment Canada.

 

The winter of 2013/14 has been the coldest winter since 1996. Long stretches of lower than normal temperatures, above normal ice coverage and frequent snow events have dominated the weather this winter. Snow station data in our area is showing higher than normal amounts of snow on the ground due to a combination of continuous snow events with infrequent thawing conditions. With respect to snow depths, there is an average of 70-80 cm currently on the ground compared to 30-40 cm for the same period in 2012/13. Water content of snow pack is approximately average.

 

Reservoirs in the district are at or below the target operating level for this time of year. The MNR and the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) are allowing reservoirs to continue to decline in advance of the freshet. Flows on the local rivers are low because of the cold temperatures and the decrease in lake levels upstream.

 

Description of Weather System

 

The outlook for the spring months of March, April and May is for colder than normal temperatures that will be more prevalent in March and April, with more normal temperatures in May. The long term precipitation forecast indicates normal precipitation values are expected this spring; we caution, however, that long term precipitation forecasts are subject to change. Heavier, more extreme precipitation events are expected to occur during periods of mild weather and the longer the snowpack and ice remain, the more likely we will see more extreme precipitation events in late April and early May. The rate of freshet will depend on weather conditions and precipitation. It is expected that the cold start to spring will delay the arrival of warm weather.

 

The MNR is in regular communication with partner agencies, including Conservation Authorities, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the TSW.

 

Expiry Date:

This message will expire on 03/31/2014 5:00 PM

 

Terminology: Notification Levels

 

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions

 

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.

 

FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities

 

FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

 

Contact Information

MNR Bancroft District Office

Paul Shalla, A/IRM Technical Specialist, Bancroft District, 613-334-3940, x208

 

MNR Minden Field Office

Kris Windover, IRM Technical Specialist, Minden Field Office, Bancroft District, 705-286-5207

 

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended. Environment Canada bulletins can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/

 

The Surface Water Monitoring Centre public webpage can be found here: www.ontario.ca/flooding

  

Town of Bancroft

8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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