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Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety February 19 at 2:30 p.m.

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Conservation Halton has issued a Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety as of 2:30 p.m. on February 19, 2016

Environment Canada is forecasting warmer weather for the weekend with rainfall accumulations of up to 5 mm predicted within the watershed Friday night and into Saturday. Air temperatures are predicted to peak at 9 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon returning to below freezing Sunday night.

The forecasted rainfall and warm temperatures will bring about the partial melting of the snow pack, and will result in increased stream flows. While widespread flooding is not expected, there is a possibility of ice break-up and localized flooding of low lying areas.

Water levels in our reservoirs are low and storage is available to manage potential runoff within these regulated systems.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to stay away from watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream flow and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.

This Watershed Conditions Statement will be in effect through to Monday, February 22, 2016.