Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and expects dangerous thunderstorm activity this afternoon and into the evening throughout the Halton area. Some of these thunderstorms have the potential to become severe with large hail, damaging winds and torrential rainfall. Areas impacted by thunderstorms could receive large amounts of rainfall with the most intense rainfall likely occurring late this afternoon.
Our rivers are presently running at normal flows and our reservoirs are at normal seasonal holding levels.
Soil conditions are relatively saturated within the western portions of the watershed. Heavy rainfall amounts could produce overland runoff that may result in increased flows and higher water levels within our waterways. Localized flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is expected.
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 the end of Wednesday July 9, 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.