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Arrival of spring brings higher water levels in local waterways

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As we look forward to warmer spring weather and being outdoors, Conservation Halton is urging residents to be cautious around rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.

As children are about to start March break in the coming week, parents and caregivers are reminded to alert all children under their care to the dangers that exist near the water and to avoid these areas or ensure that children are supervised when anywhere near these waterways.

This spring, ice and debris jamming are anticipated. The late December ice storm left broken branches and fallen trees throughout the valleys and on top of our streams. The cold and snowy winter has left greater than normal snow pack on our watersheds, and in some areas, thick ice sheets in the creeks. All these factors together create the potential for greater spring runoff and stream flow, ice and woody debris jams, and flooding of low lying areas.

Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water bodies. Please exercise caution around rivers, streams, lakes and ponds over the next few weeks and help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.

Conservation Halton monitors water levels and flow rates year round as part of its flood forecasting and warning program and will closely observe spring water levels. For more information, contact Conservation Halton at 905-336-1158 or visit our website for up to date information on watershed Flood Status.