Heavy rain for the next two days will significantly increase the flow of water through area creeks. Caution is advised.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  June 1, 2012  The Halton Region is experiencing a weather system that will provide rainfall to the watershed throughout the day and into tomorrow and Sunday. Our watershed has generally received between 15mm on average from this storm system thus far and we are expected to receive an additional 30 to 40mm of rainfall. Rain heavy at times with isolated showers is predicted under today’s forecast.

Water levels in watershed creeks will rise significantly during the weekend. Caution around the edges of creeks - especially with children.

Given our dry conditions, flows are expected to increase but flooding is not expected to occur. At this time, while flooding is not anticipated, flows in most creek systems will be elevated and Conservation Halton warns that all stream banks and slopes will become slippery and dangerous.

This storm event may be accompanied by isolated heavy downpours; we can expect to see the potential of localized flooding in some low-lying areas. Specifically, urbanized areas may expect increases in water levels where heavy downpours and thunderstorms occur.

Our reservoirs are functioning with large amounts of storage capacity available.

The public is advised to use extreme caution around bodies of water and stay well back from stream banks.  Alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will issue further messages as necessary.

Conservation Halton will issue an update to this only if significant changes in the forecasts occur. This Water Safety Statement will be in effect through to the end of Sunday June 3, 2012.


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