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Conservation Halton issues Flood Watch Update April 12, 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Friday, April 12, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton issued the following Flood Watch Update today at 12:30 p.m.

Conservation Halton advises that to this point our watershed has received approximately 20 to 30mm of rainfall over the past 24 hours with peak rainfall intensities occurring early Friday morning. Total rainfall across our watersheds since Monday ranges from 60mm to 85mm, which is typically a month’s worth of rain. The current forecast indicates minimal additional rainfall amounts with scattered showers possible as the system moves out of our area.

The rainfall received this morning has increased stream flows and levels continue to rise particularly on the main branches of larger watersheds such as the Bronte and Sixteen Mile Creeks. It is anticipated that smaller streams will begin receding over the course of the evening while larger watercourses may not begin to recede until later this weekend.

While the rainfall has largely passed, the mid and upper areas of our watersheds, which had experienced frozen precipitation, will continue to contribute to the runoff and streamflow as temperatures rise and the precipitation begins to melt.

Higher than normal stream flows will continue throughout Friday and well into the weekend, Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions.

This Flood Watch is extended through Friday evening.

Conservation Halton originally issued a Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook on Tuesday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m., and upgraded it to a Flood Watch at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

Conservation Halton continues to advise all residents and children to stay away from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams throughout this weekend. 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.

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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