Watershed Conditions Flood Outlook Statement Issued by Conservation Halton

 

It’s a windy day in the neighbourhood.

Conservation Halton has issued a watershed conditions statement for a flood outline on the Lake Ontario shoreline. The statement was issued today (May 1) and will remain in effect until further notice.

It’s predicted that Lake Ontario water levels will continue to rise rapidly throughout the coming week due to the current flooding conditions within the lower St. Lawrence River combined with additional forecasted rainfall over the affected area.

Though the current water levels are roughly 75m,  forecasts indicate that the current level could rise an additional 15 cm during the coming week. This may increase further depending on rainfall amounts.

Conservation Halton also advises that Environment Canada has issued a strong wind warning that remains in effect throughout today.

Winds of 20 km/hr from the east, with some gusts reaching up to 50 km/hr, are occurring across western Lake Ontario. This creates waves reaching heights of 1 to 2m.

These combined factors may make conditions dangerous for residents near the lake.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to exercise caution around the shoreline area. The elevated water levels combined with the potential for waves to overtop break walls and other shoreline structures continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.

Conservation Halton continues to monitor wind conditions and lake levels closely and will issue further updates as necessary.

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