We received this notice today from the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. Keep off the ice on bodies of water in the Mississippi River watershed.
As a result of the rainfall experienced last week, flows have been steadily building throughout the watershed. Water control structures have or are being operated to stabilize levels and flows. Ice that has just recently formed may be affected by these changing flows, especially on the main river systems (Mississippi River including Kashwakamak Lake, Farm Lake, Crotch Lake, Dalhousie Lake and Mississippi Lake, Clyde River including Kerr Lake, Fall River including Bennett Lake and the Carp River).
Residents on Dalhousie and Mississippi Lakes can expect higher than normal water levels for the next few weeks as increased flows in the upper watershed make their way through the system.
Residents are strongly urged to stay off all ice-covered water bodies as currents can change ice thicknesses drastically. Parents are urged to remind children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water in ditches and smaller creeks. Hypothermia is a major concern for anyone playing in areas where they could potentially fall into open water.
This Watershed Conditions Statement is valid through February 2, 2016. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.
Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/