Water safety alert issued for Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills


Published April 5, 2023 at 5:10 pm

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Conservation Halton has issued a statement Wednesday warning of possibly flooding in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills after morning and afternoon thunderstorms.

Environment Canada issued an alert in the morning predicting rainfalls between 10 and 20 mm moving across the area with the participation ending this evening as the system moves out.

While widespread flooding is not anticipated, previous rainfall combined with saturated ground conditions may cause higher than normal water levels and fast flowing water. 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 Watershed Condition Statement on Water Safety. “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.”

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.

The statement will be in effect until Friday (April 7).

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