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Conservation Halton issues Flood Watch Update April 11, 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 11, 2013

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

Conservation Halton advises that, at this point our watershed has received approximately 10 to 15 mm of rainfall over the past 24 hours. While stream levels remain elevated with most streams continuing to flow at near bankfull conditions, the rainfall has been moderate over the last 24 hours, and therefore stream flows have risen slowly and in some locations are now gradually receding.

The weather office forecasts that this storm is anticipated to continue to provide precipitation through the day, with a mix of freezing rain, ice pellets and additional rain into the evening, overnight and early Friday morning. Total forecast amounts through Friday are approximately 25 to 35 mm.

Runoff potential in our watersheds remains high due to saturated soil conditions and higher than normal stream flows. Based on the forecast rainfall there remains potential for some flooding in localized low lying areas. The timing of potential flooding is primarily associated with forecast rainfall late Thursday evening and early Friday, following the anticipated freezing precipitation throughout the day today.

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 Friday April 12 at noon.

Conservation Halton had issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook April 10 at 2:30 p.m., and upgraded it to a Flood Watch at 11 a.m. on April 11.

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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