Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 8:15 a.m.
Conservation Halton advises a rainfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada regarding a major storm entering our region this afternoon and continuing into tomorrow. This system is forecasted to include milder temperatures, strong winds and bring upwards of 50 mm of mixed precipitation (rain, freezing rain, ice pellets, and/or snow) with the potential of thunderstorm activity.
The forecasted precipitation and temporary mild temperatures will assist in the partial melting of the snow pack and will result in increased stream flows. While widespread flooding is not expected, the possibility of ice break-up and blockages due to remnant debris at bridges and culverts from the ice storm are possible. Flooding in various low lying areas of the watershed may also exist.
Our reservoirs are holding at winter levels which allow for larger storage capacity for circumstances of this nature.
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 Condition Statement will be in effect through to Saturday, February 22, 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.