Conservation Halton Issues Watershed Conditions Flood Outlook Statement


You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers.

Halton residents should take note that Conservation Halton has issued a watershed conditions flood outlook statement. This statement, which was issued today (April 18), will be in effect until April 23, 2019

"Rainfall amounts of approximately 30 to 60 mm are anticipated over the course of Thursday, Friday, and into Saturday," reads the statement. "Thunderstorms associated with this event are possible and may produce an additional 5 to 10 mm of rain in isolated areas."

Although local streams have receded from the previous rainfall, the ground is still saturated in some areas. Along with the forecasted precipitation, this will result in increased water levels and flows within rivers and streams in Halton over the next couple of days.

This could potentially result in dangerous conditions.

"The combination of slippery and unstable banks and cold-water temperatures will create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies," notes the statement.

While widespread flooding is not, anticipated, 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 have been advised to 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, as the elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.

Further statements will be issued as necessary.

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