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Flood precautions issued by MRCA

It’s not time to pack up and head to high ground yet.  Mattagami Region Conservation Authority general manager David Vallier says messages he’s released the last several days are a precaution.

One is a flood watch for the Mattagami River. The water level is up noticeably.  Vallier says a lot depends on the weather, noting that we’ve been having warm days and cool nights, and not as much precipitation as expected.

“This is almost a copycat of 2019,” he points out, “when we had a lot of snow and again, a lot of snow doesn’t necessarily mean there’s going to be flooding.”

There’s also a statement in place for the entire watershed to behave safely around water courses; and a flood outlook for Porcupine Lake, which tends to rise faster than most water bodies around here.

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Vallier reiterates that everything depends on the weather.

“The five-to-seven-day forecast looks nice,” he says. “Some warmer weather with cooler nights and not a lot of precipitation in the forecast.”

MRCA checks the water every day.  Vallier says you can keep track on the conservation authority’s website.

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