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Spring Melt Message 2015

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Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of the dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

With spring and warmer temperatures quickly approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also bring rainfall, melting snow and ice, which can all contribute to higher, faster flowing water in our waterways.

Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. For more information, contact Conservation Halton, by telephone at (905) 336-1158 or by e-mail

About Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program
Conservation Halton provides a water control and flood warning program to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life due to flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Halton issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, school boards, police and EMS as well as the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents.

Conservation Halton is responsible for the maintenance and operation of four major dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg dams) and 12.5 kilometers of flood control channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Rambo-Hager diversion in Burlington).