Bancroft-Peterborough District Including Upper Madawaska River Watershed
April 12, 2023
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) – Bancroft Work Centre is advising area residents that a Flood Watch is in effect until Wednesday, April 19, 2023. This message will affect residents within Bancroft local area of the MNRF Bancroft- Peterborough District. River sections included in this Flood Watch are: York River between Baptiste Lake and Bancroft.
Runoff to local lakes and rivers is increasing significantly with increasingly warmer temperatures in the forecast. River flows in certain areas may rise to flood thresholds with increased runoff.
Residents should note flows through water control structures will be gradually increasing to keep water levels within targets for this time of year. These flows are being managed to mitigate, as much as possible, the impacts from snowmelt and rainfall. Due to the increased flows and recent warm temperatures, ice formation on lakes can be very unsafe.
The ministry is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions. Further updates will be issued as appropriate.