Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook

2596 Britannia Road West, Burlington, ON L7P 0G3   Tel: 905.336.1158

 

Issued to:

Municipalities/Region, Emergency Services, School Boards,

Local Conservation Authorities, Media and Conservation Halton Staff

Date:

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Time:

8:45 AM

 

Conservation Halton advises that our watershed has received approximately 20 mm of rain over the last 24 hours.  An additional 10 to 15 mm of rain is anticipated to fall throughout today with another 5 mm expected early Wednesday morning. The rainfall combined with warmer temperatures and melting snow has resulted in increased flows and water levels in a majority of our creeks which are now at, or near bankfull capacity.  Flow and water level increases are expected to continue throughout today and into Wednesday, particularly in our larger watercourse systems (Grindstone, Sixteen Mile and Bronte Creeks).  In addition, melting ice and snow may contribute to ice jamming and blockages at bridges and culverts which may lead to localized flooding.

 

Widespread flooding is not anticipated.  Our reservoirs are still in range of our seasonal holding levels and have storage capacity available.  However, fast flowing water and flooding of low lying areas and natural floodplains may be expected. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should be on alert.

 

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance 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 flow and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.

 

This Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through Friday February 23rd, 2017.

 

For further information or questions regarding this message contact:

 

Glenn Farmer, Flood Duty Officer

Engineering

905-336-1158 x2290       

floodadmin@hrca.on.ca

Norm Miller, Manager

Communications Services

905-336-1158 x2233

nmiller@hrca.on.ca


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