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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook April 9, 2013

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MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Tuesday, April 9, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook today at 2:30 p.m.

Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada is forecasting rain for the Greater Toronto Area for the next few days. Rainfall amounts are predicted to be between 25 to 40mm starting this evening and throughout tomorrow. Thursday and Friday are also predicted to be wet in nature with a mix of rain and snow. Precipitation values are forecasted to be approximately 40mm.

The majority of the creeks in the watershed are running at near seasonal levels but are expected to increase with the forecasted rainfall. These conditions will result in increased flows and water levels rising to near bankfull in our creeks and will result in dangerous conditions along all watercourses. Widespread flooding is not anticipated however localized flooding can be expected in low lying and flood prone areas.

Conservation Halton’s reservoirs are still in range of seasonal levels and have storage capacity available.

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 to this Watershed Condition Statement – Flood Outlook message only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through to Sunday, April 14, 2013.

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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.

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