Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014.
Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada is forecasting potential thunderstorm activity for our region this evening and into tomorrow. A complex low pressure system is approaching the Great Lakes from the southwest later today. The low will be slow moving, taking a couple of days to cross Southern Ontario.
Rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are expected in most places with some locally higher amounts possible.
Current water levels within our creeks are running at or slightly above normal levels but well below critical levels and are presently receding. Some of the watersheds within Burlington have relatively saturated soil conditions and the forecasted thunderstorm activity could produce overland runoff that may result in increased flows and higher water levels within these waterways. Localized flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is expected.
Our reservoirs are at normal seasonal holding levels and were not impacted by the recent rainfall event.
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 Conditions Statement will be in effect through to the end of Tuesday, August 12, 2014.