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Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding in low-lying areas, Conservation Sudbury warns

If forecasted amounts fall, water levels will rise quickly and flooding could occur

Conservation Sudbury has issued a water safety statement for all parts of the Greater Sudbury watersheds as of 5 p.m. today. 

This statement will remain in effect until 10 a.m. on Oct. 27.

A rainfall warning issued today forecasted that precipitation totals could hit 40 mm, with the heaviest rain developing Friday morning.

“Water levels and flows are within the seasonal range in local watersheds. If the forecast amount of rain is received, water levels will rise quickly and the runoff will result in faster-flowing waters. The inundation of low-lying areas, adjacent to watercourses with a history of flooding, may occur.”

Water levels will be slow to decrease, Conservation Sudbury reported, urging residents to monitor waterways in their areas, especially those living in known low-lying areas where overland flooding is possible.

“Families living near lakes and streams should pay special attention to changing water conditions as children may be attracted to the water’s edge. Fast-flowing water must be avoided. Stream banks will be very slippery and unsafe and must be avoided.”

Conservation Sudbury staff will continue monitoring water levels and provide updates as required.