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Conservation Halton issues Flood Watch April 10, 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton issued the following Flood Watch today at 11 a.m.

Conservation Halton is advising that our region has received 30 to 40mm of precipitation from Monday evening to the present time. The recent rainfall has increased flows and levels in our area and many creeks within our watersheds are flowing at near bankfull conditions.

The weather office is forecasting additional precipitation of 35 to 50mm over Wednesday and Thursday, continuing into Friday. With this proposed amount of rainfall, it is anticipated streams and rivers in the Halton watershed will rise and may spill over their banks. Flooding is anticipated in the low lying areas along watercourses based on the forecasted rainfall amounts.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to stay away from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.

Conservation Halton will issue an update or cancellation to this Flood Watch message by Thursday, April 11 at noon.

Conservation Halton had issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook yesterday at 2:30 p.m., which has now been upgraded to a Flood Watch.

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Note: A Flood Watch (Previously Flood Advisory) means Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Conservation Halton began using new terminology in flood and water safety messages effective February 21, 2012. The new terminology is being adopted by Conservation Halton, other Conservation Authorities across Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). These changes will ensure their messages are consistent and in line with severe weather terminology used by other agencies such as Environment Canada and the Weather Network.

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Contacts:
Ray Guther,
Manager Watershed Engineering Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158 ext. 253
E-mail: rguther@hrca.on.ca
Website: www.conservationhalton.ca

Norm Miller Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233
E-mail: nmiller@hrca.on.ca
Website: www.conservationhalton.ca