Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety January 10 at 12:30 p.m.
Environment Canada is advising that our area will be experiencing above zero temperatures over the next few days with approximately 10 to 15mm of rainfall for today and tomorrow.
Based on the forecast of mild temperatures and rainfall, combined with the partial melt of our existing snowpack, we may experience an increase in flows and water levels in our creeks throughout Halton. In addition, the snowpack melt may contribute to blockages at bridges and culverts and produce localized flooding concerns.
Widespread flooding is not currently anticipated. 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.
Conservation Halton will issue an update to this Watershed Condition Statement –Water Safety message only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through to Monday, January 13, 2014.
Note: A Watershed Safety Statement – Water Safety is issued when high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeist, hikers, children, pets, and others. Flooding is not expected.