Weather conditions prompt water safety warnings for Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, Milton


Published January 24, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Lots of rain and melting snow mean unsafe conditions could exist around local water systems.

Environment Canada forecasts up to 25 mm of rain starting today (Jan. 24) and continuing through tomorrow, which combined with temperatures that are expected to reach 5 Celsius could pose some problems.

While Conservation Halton says that widespread flooding is not expected, the coming conditions will increase runoff and contribute to elevated water levels in rivers and streams within our jurisdiction.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Any ice-covered bodies of water are considered unsafe. Elevated water levels, fast-flowing water, and cold water temperatures, combined with slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers,” reads a statement by the agency.

As mentioned, although widespread flooding is not expected water could pool in low-lying areas, natural floodplains, and areas with poor drainage.

These conditions are in effect until Saturday, Jan. 27.

Conservation Halton says it will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue an update to the weather statement if conditions change.


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