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LPRCA Flood Messages - What Do They Mean?

The purpose of Long Point Region Conservation Authority’s flood forecasting and warning system is to reduce the risk to life and damage to property caused by watercourse or Lake Erie flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, the LPRCA will issue flood messages to municipal flood coordinators and the media. Flood messages are consistent across conservation authorities and in line with weather terminology used by Environment Canada and the Weather Network.

Be prepared if you live in or work in the floodplain to respond to flood messages issued by the Long Point Region Conservation Authority.

LPRCA uses an easy to identify colour-coded warning system and issues the following types of flood messages:



No flood conditions exist.

Watershed Conditions Statement 
These are general notices of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or that have the potential to lead to flooding.
  Water Safety Statement

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety

High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreationalists, children and pets.  Flooding is not expected.

  Flood Outlook Statement

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, a rise in Lake Erie, lakeshore flooding or erosion.

  Flood Watch


Flood Watch 
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency  services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
A Flood Watch  message describes watershed conditions, the potential impact and may include a forecast of  water levels. Municipal flood coordinators should initiate a check on their flood or emergency  plans, monitor potential problem areas and, if required, remain on stand-by alert. Municipal flood coordinators may also advise specific properties at this stage.


  Flood Warning

Flood Warning 

This is the most serious type of message issued. Flooding is imminent or already occuring in specific watercourses or municipalities.
A Flood Warning message may include a  call for a specific action to be taken by flood coordinators and/or emergency services, such  as, closing roads and bridges, activating the emergency response plan, warning residents in  specific areas or in some areas, evacuation.


What if a Flood Message Is Issued for Your Area? Take heed of the message issued. Be prepared to follow the advice and instructions of emergency response officials. Be Prepared! Take steps to protect yourself, your family and business, in the event of a flood or other emergency. Visit the following pages for more information:

1. Emergency Management Ontario

2. Get Prepared

3. Preparing for a flood

4. Environment Canada

5. Weather watches and warnings