Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook Update at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of our region. This system is expected to track through the area this afternoon and evening and may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain. These storms will have the potential to produce local rainfall amounts of 50 mm within an hour.
Current water levels within our creeks are running slightly above normal levels but below critical levels and are presently receding. Soil conditions are relatively saturated 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 significantly impacted by the recent rainfall events.
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 Wednesday, August 13, 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.