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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook December 20, 2013

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Environment Canada is advising our watershed will be receiving periods of a snow-rain mix with temperatures expecting to be near or above freezing over the next few days. The amount of precipitation will vary but it is likely we will receive approximately 30-40mm of precipitation between now and Sunday.

Based on the forecast of the mild temperatures and rainfall we expect higher levels and increased flows in our creeks and river systems. There is also the potential for these conditions to influence the melt of some of our existing snowpack which may contribute to these higher levels and flows.

Widespread flooding is not currently anticipated although low-lying areas may encounter minor flooding conditions. Our reservoirs are holding at winter levels which allow for larger storage capacity available for circumstances of this nature.

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 Monday, December 23, 2013.

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.