Flood Forecasting and Warning Program

Flood Forecasting and Warning Program will help explain what all the water level and water flow terms mean as they relate to flooding.

Terminology

Normal – Generally indicates that no flood conditions exist. It should be noted that during Normal conditions, the inherent risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety – High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice, or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook – Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding, or erosion.

Flood Watch – Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Flood Warning – Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities.

The information from the monitoring station is available in real time and is current to the minute. It is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.