Flood Warning Red Lake District
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 12:30 PM
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry – Red Lake District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect in the district until Friday June 3, 2022.
Residents in the Red Lake, Suffel Lake, Dixie Lake, Longlegged Lake, Pakwash Lake, Chukuni River, Coli Lake, Berens Lake, and English River watersheds, and surrounding areas throughout the district should exercise extreme caution around less travelled roads, bridges, water-crossings, lakes, rivers, and areas of high runoff potential, as water levels in portions of the district are high. Water levels may continue to rise throughout the coming days due to precipitation received.
These water levels could lead to road and shoreline property damage. Residents are advised to secure shoreline structures such as boats and docks, among other items/structures.
The Ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
Description of Current Conditions
Significant rainfall over recent weeks, combined with melting snow, have resulted in high stream flow conditions. Water levels across the district are at or exceeding maximum outflows. With runoff continuing to accumulate and forecasted precipitation, the water levels are expected to continue to rise.
Residents in Unorganized Townships may request sandbags free-of-charge from the Ministry of Northern Developments, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry by calling (807) 728-3425. Government issued identification is required.
Water levels on Red, Keg, Gullrock, Ranger and Two Island Lakes are regulated by the control dam at Snowshoe Rapids on the Chukuni River, at the outlet of the Red Lake system. The dam is operating at full capacity.
- WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that high flows, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for such users as boaters, anglers and swimmers but flooding is not expected.
· WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions
- SHORELINE CONDITIONS STATEMENT – WATER SAFETY: indicates that along the Great Lakes shorelines high water, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous but flooding is not expected.
- SHORELINE CONDITIONS STATEMENT – FLOOD OUTLOOK: gives early notice of the potential for flooding along the Great Lakes shorelines based on weather and lake conditions, and water safety information.
- FLOOD WATCH: potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities.
- FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.
- Surface Water Monitoring Centre: www.ontario.ca/page/surface-water-monitoring-centre
- Environment Canada bulletins: www. weather.gc.ca
- A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts from Environment Canada is recommended.
- Lake of the Woods Control Board: www.lwcb.ca/noticeboard/