Conservation Halton Warning Residents About Potential Flooding

 

Conservation Halton is warning residents about some potential flooding that may occur. As a result, a Flood Outlook Statement has been issued.

In a recent press release, it was noted that the region could potentially anywhere between 20 to 25 mm of precipitation today (March 14).

The precipitation is anticipated to begin mid-day today, with higher local amounts possible with the presence of thunderstorms. 

However, this is not the only reason why Conservation Halton is warning residents.

High temperatures are also expected.

Due to the high temperatures and rainfall that is anticipated, it is expected that much of the remaining snowpack in the watershed will melt.

 

The rainfall from this past Sunday combined with warmer temperatures and melting snow has resulted in increased flows and water levels in many of our creeks, which are now near bankfull capacity,” reads the release. “Flow and water level increases are expected to continue into Friday, particularly in our larger watercourse systems (Grindstone, Sixteen Mile and Bronte Creeks).”

Melting ice and snow may also contribute to ice jamming and blockages at bridges and culverts - this, according to Conservation Halton, could result in localized flooding.

Residents should take note that widespread flooding is not expected. Reservoirs in the region are still in range of their seasonal holding levels and have storage capacity available.  

Regardless, fast flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas and natural floodplains could occur.  

Conservation Haltonis advising that municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should stay alert.

Residents and children have been advised to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams.  

This Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect until Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Graphic is courtesy of Conservation Halton.

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