Rivers, streams ‘dangerous’ after heavy rainfall in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills

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Published June 12, 2023 at 9:58 am

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. PEXELS PHOTO

Conservation Halton is alerting parents and children in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills to stay away from rivers, brooks, streams and similar watercourses over structures on Monday (June 12).

The conservation authority has issued a watershed statement after approximately 15 mm to 30 mm of rain fell fallen across Halton Region over the previous 24 hours.

Forecasts say a further 15 mm to 30 mm of rainfall is possible today with locally higher amounts in areas that receive thunderstorms.  Precipitation is expected to end by late Monday afternoon as the system moves out of the area.

While widespread flooding is not anticipated, fast flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas and natural floodplains may be expected.

“Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams,” read the statement. “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.

The Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through Tuesday June 13, 2023.

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

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