Warm temperatures combined with between 10-20 mm of rainfall across the Grand River watershed earlier this week has resulted in snowmelt and increased runoff into local waterways.

A Flood Watch remains in place for the entire Grand River watershed due to the runoff and potential for additional ice movement.

Cooler temperatures have returned to the watershed, however flows on local waterways will remain elevated through the rest of the week.  Ice on local waterways, where it still exists, may break up and shift during this event, increasing the risk of ice jam flooding.

Runoff from this weather event is causing flooding in low-lying areas typically prone to spring flooding. Conditions will continue to be monitored closely.

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard.

Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which will be weakened as a result of the warming trend.