Fast-flowing water poses safety risks in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, residents warned

Published April 5, 2023 at 1:48 pm

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Residents are reminded to stay away from rivers and streams after this heavy rainfall.

Today’s (April 5) rainfall has contributed to safety risks for those who are near rivers, streams and creeks as well as Lake Ontario.

Conservation Halton reports that although there is heavy rainfall, widespread flooding is not anticipated although low-lying areas and natural floodplains could be affected.

However, the rain is contributing to existing conditions that could cause higher than normal water levels and fast-flowing water.

“Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams,” a bulletin by the conservation authority reads. “Elevated water levels, fast-flowing water, and cold-water temperatures combined with slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.  Residents and children should also exercise caution around Lake Ontario shoreline areas.  Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.”

Environment Canada has issued an alert regarding thunderstorms that are expected to move across Conservation Halton’s jurisdiction today.  Predicted rainfall amounts are between 10 and 20 mm with locally higher amounts possible in areas that receive thunderstorms.  Precipitation is expected to end by this evening as the system moves out of our area.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue an update to this Watershed Condition Statement –Water Safety message as conditions warrant.

This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through Friday, April 7.

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