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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook January 28, 2013

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For Immediate Release
Monday, January 28, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook earlier today, at 2:20 p.m.

Conservation Halton advises that the Weather Office is forecasting freezing drizzle and rain this afternoon and evening with minimal accumulations today. However a second low pressure system will push into our watershed on Tuesday bringing unseasonal warm temperatures and rainfall with possible thunderstorm activity. Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 25 mm are forecast over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday before temperatures drop again on Thursday.

The majority of the creeks are running at or near seasonal levels but are expected to increase with the mix of warmer than normal temperatures, rain and snowmelt. These conditions will result in increased flows and water levels rising to near bankfull in our creeks and will result in dangerous conditions along all watercourses. Widespread flooding is not anticipated however localized flooding can be expected in low lying and flood prone areas.

Our reservoirs are still in range of our seasonal winter holding levels and have large amounts of storage capacity available.

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, ice covered creeks 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.

Conservation Halton will issue an update to this Watershed Condition Statement -Flood Outlook message only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through to Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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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.

Conservation Halton began using new terminology in flood and water safety messages effective February 21, 2012. The new terminology is being adopted by Conservation Halton, other Conservation Authorities across Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). These changes will ensure their messages are consistent and in line with severe weather terminology used by other agencies such as Environment Canada and the Weather Network.

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Ray Guther,
Manager Watershed Engineering Services
Telephone: 905-336-1158 ext. 253

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233