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Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook August 16, 2016

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Conservation Halton advises that local forecasts are predicting rainfall amounts of close to 30 mm with potential for thunderstorms to generate local areas of higher rainfall. Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstom Watch in the Halton Region as conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and torrential rain. Thunderstorms are expected to be scattered, developing later this morning and this afternoon. Despite rain over the weekend, water levels are still low in local channels and dams, however, water levels are expected to rise in response to today’s rainfall, as the ground approaches saturation.

Widespread flooding is not currently anticipated however flooding of low lying areas and natural floodplains may be expected should thunderstorms develop today.

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 August 17, 2016.