Spring Melt Nice and Slow

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Local Conservation Authorities are generally pleased with the slower spring snowmelt and runoff into river systems. But they are concerned with the forecast of milder temperatures and some steady rain today.

As flows build in the rivers and streams over the next few days there is the potential for ice jams and minor flooding in low-lying area where smaller watercourses and ditches are blocked by snow and ice.

Flood coordinators are monitoring the situation closely. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are slippery and unstable, and when combined with cold, fast-moving water, pose a serious hazard.

Cooler temperatures forecast for Wednesday and Thursday will reduce the rate of snowmelt.