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THE MPOA RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING WARNING FROM THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (MVCA) ABOUT ICE SAFETY.
March 16, 2022 —With above seasonal daytime temperatures and several millimetres of rain forecasted over the next few days, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is reminding residents that no ice is safe ice. Runoff amounts may result in higher water levels in area creeks and streams.
Ice thickness can change rapidly due to increased flows and rising temperatures. The shoreline adjacent to lakes, rivers and creeks is very slippery and poses a serious hazard. Falling into open water could result in hypothermia or drowning.
The MVCA reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies:
People and pets should stay off all frozen water bodies.
Parents are urged to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces and open water.
Current conditions are seasonal and weather forecasts favourable for a slow, controlled melt. No flooding is expected at this time, although, rainfall can cause ice jams to occur along streams and rivers. This can cause water levels to rise rapidly without warning. Residents in flood prone areas are advised to maintain a close watch on water levels and flows and take the necessary precautions to protect their property by:
Ensuring sump pumps are clear, in good working condition and have backwater valves.
Having a portable generator and backup pump available.
Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is at least 3 m from any structure.
Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase.
Please note that the MVCA does not monitor ice conditions. The MVCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning team monitors weather conditions and snowpack, estimates high water conditions and issues watershed conditions messages.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Thursday April 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm. For more information please visit our website at mvc.on.ca.