Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement regarding a low pressure system passing through the region this evening and into Thursday. This moisture laden low is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 15 to 30 mm with the potential for severe thunderstorms to generate very heavy downpours and gusty winds resulting in local rainfall amounts of 40 mm or more.
Our rivers are presently running at normal flows and our reservoirs are at normal seasonal holding levels. Heavy rainfall amounts from thunderstorm activity could produce overland runoff that may result in increased flows and higher water levels within our waterways. Localized flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas would be expected.
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 Friday, September 12, 2014.