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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook August 5, 2014

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Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada is forecasting a potential of thunderstorm activity for our region this afternoon and into the evening.

Our rivers are presently running at normal levels with the exception of some smaller watercourses in Burlington. Willoughby (along Cedar Springs Rd), Roseland, Tuck, Shoreacres, and Appleby Creek watersheds are experiencing high flows and higher than normal water levels. These watersheds have 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 Condition Statement will be in effect through to the end of Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

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.