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Expect Rising Water Levels This Weekend

Rain mixed with warm weather will mean rising water levels across the Saugeen River Watershed this weekend. 
Temperatures will reach the low teens on Thursday afternoon, which will result in a rapid depletion of the existing snowpack. Soils are currently saturated, which means melting snow and any additional precipitation will run off quickly into local waterways.
While significant flooding is not expected, watercourses could reach or exceed bank-full conditions, with minor flooding in low-lying areas. There may also be a potential for ice jam related flooding on streams and rivers should significant ice break up occur. Municipal staff should monitor problem areas and prepare to close low-lying roads.
Residents are reminded to use caution near all watercourses as the water is cold and streambanks are slippery at this time. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from streams and off frozen water bodies.