Saugeen Conservation is able to obtain data from the rivers within the watershed instantaneously to forecast flows and possible flooding. Flood forecasts and messages are issued to member municipalities, media, first responders, neighbouring Conservation Authorities, ministries, and other groups as requested.
The SVCA uses a colour coded system to identify the types of flood bulletins that are issued and the severity of the flooding at any given time.
Watershed Conditions Statements / Water Safety are issued when general watershed conditions suggest high runoff potential that could lead to flooding and to remind the public that rivers, streams, and ponds may be unsafe for recreational or other activities.
High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that may result in watercourses being too dangerous for recreational users or the general public.
|Orange||Flood Watch messages are issued when the potential for generalized flooding exists throughout the watershed or identified for specific municipalities.|
|Red||Flood Warning messages are issued when flooding is occuring or about to occur. It typically applies to a specific area of the watershed.|
SVCA staff facilitated a municipal information session about flood warning services, water control infrastructure, as well as the regulatory responsibilities in place to protect life and property from natural hazards.
This meeting was an opportunity for participants to understand the conservation authority’s role in preparing for and responding to flood related emergencies.
To view a video recording of this informative session click here: Flood Forecasting & Warning Workshop.
The slide deck for the workshop is available here: Flood Forecasting & Warning Session Slides