The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) has issued a watershed conditions statement and is urging people to be aware of water safety.
Above-normal temperatures have resulted in some melting of the snowpack, and rainfall occurred over the Saugeen Watershed overnight Thursday. In response, watercourse levels have risen and river ice has shifted in most places. Much colder temperatures Friday will reduce run-off to area streams.
Water levels in some watercourses have peaked, while most of the others will do so late Friday. Significant flooding is not expected, but flooding in traditional low-lying floodplain areas is likely to occur.
For safety reasons, the public is advised to stay well away from rivers and streams. River banks can be wet and slippery.
The SVCA will continue to monitor watershed river flow and weather conditions. This message is in effect until 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, unless a further message is issued.