Conservation Halton issued the following Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety today at 10:30 a.m.
Conservation Halton advises that the overnight thunderstorm activity in our region has produced rainfall of approximately 10mm in the upper region and 38mm closer to Lake Ontario. While the rainfall forecast is approximately 5mm of rainfall for today, we may experience additional amounts with thunderstorm activity passing through the region over the next 24 hours. These thunderstorms can produce intense, heavy rain in short periods of time.
Our rivers are presently rising and are running at or near bankfull levels with very high flows. Based on the recent rainfall, watershed soil conditions are saturated therefore we expect any additional rainfall to produce 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 Wednesday May 14, 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.