Thunder Bay flood watchers keep eye on sky
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority says recent snow melting at a steady pace
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is keeping an eye out for more precipitation after the northwest was blasted by a wintery storm last week.
So far the authority has no concerns about the impact of the recent snowfall, but that could change if the area receives a deluge of rain.
"We are … looking towards the weekend … keeping our fingers crossed and just hope that we don't have any heavy rainfall," said authority chair Bill Bartley. "If that happens, then we'll have to re-assess."
He noted that with the area’s cooler nights, the snow has been melting at a perfect rate.
"Right now, we certainly haven't had any reported flooding, or we don't know of any flooding going on at the present moment," Bartley said.
"And with the temperatures the way they are, sort of going above [freezing] during the day, and below during the night, it's perfect."
Current water levels in rivers and streams around Thunder Bay are below the five-year average, and the water in the Neebing-Macintyre floodway is well below the top of the banks, he added.
Nevertheless, the authority is keeping watch.
"By the end of the week, we're going into the double-digit temperatures," Bartley said.
"[We] hope that we don't have any heavy rainfall."