LRCA Issues Watershed Conditions Statement

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High water flows along McVicar's Creek on May 3, 2022
High water flows along McVicar's Creek on May 3, 2022

High Water Levels in Local Creeks and Rivers

THUNDER BAY – CLIMATE – The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority says that in response to recent rainfall, and melting snow that watercourses have risen significantly.

LRCA reports that most gauged watercourses have peaked but will experience high levels for a prolonged period of time.

The Neebing-McIntyre Floodway is continuing to divert water from the Neebing River into the floodway channel. This is the first time that diversion has happened over the past five years.

The Neebing River, Corbett Creek, and the Slate River are all above the five year average.

The snowfall surveys at the beginning of May show that the Lakehead Region reported the highest ever levels of snow. The measurements on May 2nd, 2022 recorded between 26 to 76 centimetres of snow.

This is far greater than the average of two to eight centimetres of snow.

The warm temperatures forecast for the rest of the week will result in increased and fast snow melt. Caution around local waterways is required as the high flows and potentially unstable banks along local creeks and rivers could be dangerous.