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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook April 8, 2015

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Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada is forecasting a major system entering our region throughout the next 36 to 48 hours. This system is forecasted to include gusting winds and bring upwards of 40mm of precipitation with the potential of thunderstorms tomorrow (which may increase our rainfall amounts).

Based on the forecast, we will experience an increase in flows and water levels in our creeks throughout Halton. Widespread flooding is not currently anticipated however flooding of low-lying areas should be expected.

Our reservoirs are holding rising to seasonal levels and are available to manage the potential runoff.

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. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through to Friday, April 10.

Note: A Watershed Safety Statement – Flood Outlook is an early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.