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Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook July 8, 2013

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For Immediate Release
Monday, July 8, 2013

BURLINGTON – Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook earlier today at 5 p.m.

Environment Canada is forecasting the potential for significant rainfall with non-severe thunderstorms for this evening into tonight for Southern Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area. Some of these isolated and slow moving thunderstorms could produce downpours of 30mm, with heavier downpours of up to 40 mm in localized areas.

While no major flooding is anticipated, the mix of existing above normal water levels and intense downpours could result in further increases in levels for the watercourses throughout the watershed.

While widespread flooding is not currently anticipated, our rivers and streams will result in higher than normal water levels and flows, creating dangerous conditions where thunderstorms occur. Our reservoirs are still in range of our seasonal levels and have 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, 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 Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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.

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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