The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued flood outlook statement for the Bancroft District.

The MNRF says this is meant to give early notice that flooding is possible because of forecasted heavy rain and snowmelt. Up to 35 millimetres of rain is expected to fall on Wednesday and Thursday, combined with up to 70 millimetres of water coming from melting snow. These conditions could cause flows and levels in local lakes and rivers to rise. Currently, flows are average or below for this time of year.

The MNRF says this could cause nuisance flooding on roads, along with in ditches and low-lying areas. Those who have a history of flooding are being encouraged to secure items that could float away if water levels rise and to make sure their sump pumps work. Residents are also being reminded to keep an eye on water conditions and be cautious around fast-moving rivers and streams.

With files from Andreas Pandikiu.