With the onset of spring comes potential floods. The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) has issued flood warnings for the Lakehead area. The LRCA continues to monitor conditions and provide updates. Whenever there is a potential for a flood the LRCA will issue and Flood Watch which will be terminated once the risk is gone.
Warm days with rain precipitation can induce floods by accelerating the melting of snow and ice and increasing runoff into the waterways. Areas with limited permeability such as roads, driveways, parking lots, or any low-lying areas are places where floods are higher risk.
This year, Lake Superior experienced near record-high levels and even set a water level record in February. The lake levels are currently on par with last year’s levels and remain well above average. They are only 4 centimeters lower than the March record high water level set in 1968., but 64 centimeters lower than the 100-year flood level for Lake Superior. The high-water levels lead the lake more susceptible to floods and the LRCA is monitoring the conditions accordingly.