Fluctuations in temperature and recent rainfall have resulted in the deterioration of surface ice of the Saugeen River through the Town of Durham. Ice jamming and localized flooding are possible in the reaches below the lower dam near the baseball diamonds.
Water levels across the watershed are moderating, however, Environment Canada is forecasting warmer temperatures, snow melt and rainfall for Thursday. It is anticipated that this will result in rising water levels again. Flows are expected to remain elevated into the weekend, however, major flooding is not anticipated.
Municipal Flood Coordinators are not required to take specific emergency action but, having
been alerted to the potential for flooding, should take precautionary measures, including the possible
use of heavy equipment to maintain or establish free flow river channel conditions.
Residents are reminded to use caution near watercourses. Water temperatures remain frigid and
stream banks can be extremely unstable and slippery. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and
pets away from streams and off frozen water bodies.
This alert will remain in effect until 11:00 am on Monday, February 11th, 2019, unless local
conditions warrant further updates. The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) and
municipal staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions.