Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Conservation Halton advises that our watershed experienced between 46mm to 70mm of rainfall over the last 72 hrs. An active weather system from the southwest may bring approximately 15mm of further rainfall with higher totals possible due to thunderstorm activity in the area this afternoon and into Friday. These thunderstorms can produce intense, heavy rain in short periods of time.
Our rivers are presently running higher than normal with relatively high flows. Watershed soil conditions remain saturated therefore we expect any additional rainfall to produce overland runoff resulting in increased flows and higher water levels within our waterways. Localized flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is expected.
Our reservoirs were not impacted by the recent rainfall and are at normal seasonal holding levels.
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 Saturday, May 17, 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.