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Forecasted rain and unseasonably warm temperatures will result in rising water levels across the Saugeen River Watershed over the next few days.

In a Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority media release, temperatures reaching the low teens Thursday resulted in a rapid depletion of the existing snowpack. Across the watershed the snowpack currently holds a range from 0 to 90 mm of water equivalent. 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.