Flood Status

Conservation Halton Issues a Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 10:15 AM

BURLINGTON - Conservation Halton reminds residents of dangers that can exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urges people to keep family and pets away from any water’s edge.

Spring is quickly approaching and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures, however, also usually bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.

Although Conservation Halton’s watershed received a typical amount of snow this winter, the warmer temperatures experienced through January and February has resulted in an early snowmelt. Notwithstanding, the ground within Conservation Halton’s watershed remains saturated in many places and in periods of intense rain, there could be a higher amount of runoff in a much shorter interval than usual. In addition, slippery and unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.

Be safe this spring and remember the following tips:

• Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
• Avoid all recreational activities in or around water
• Where you can, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them during the spring high water

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

• Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (905) 895-1281
• Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (416) 661-6514
• Conservation Halton (905) 336-1158
• Credit Valley Conservation (905) 670-1615
• Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (905) 579-0411
• Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (905) 885-8173
• Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (705) 424-1479
• Kawartha Conservation (705) 328-2271

About Conservation Halton’s Flood Forecasting and Operations Program

Conservation Halton provides a flood forecasting and operations program to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life due to flooding.

When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Halton issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, school boards, police and EMS as well as the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents.

Conservation Halton is responsible for the maintenance and operation of four major flood control dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg) and over 12 kilometers of flood conveyance channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Hager-Rambo diversion in Burlington).

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Please note: You can find an electronic version of this media release in the Conservation Halton Media Room: www.conservationhalton.ca/media-room

CONTACTS:

Glenn Farmer
Manager, Flood Forecasting & Operations
Telephone: 905-336-1158 x 2290
gfarmer@hrca.on.ca

Robin Ashton
Manager, Marketing Services
905-336-1158 x2248
rashton@hrca.on.ca

Website: www.conservationhalton.ca

 

Conservation Halton Flood Terminology

The current terminology was adopted by Conservation Halton, other Conservation Authorities across Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) in February, 2012. The change is to ensure flood messages are consistent and in line with severe weather terminology used by other agencies such as Environment Canada and the Weather Network. The terms were developed by a committee of representatives of Conservation Authorities, Conservation Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Environment Canada, and other agencies
The following is the flood and water safety message terminology used by Conservation Halton:

Normal:
Conditions are within normal limits. No flooding is expected.

 

Watershed Conditions Statement:
A general notice of weather conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety or which have the potential to lead to flooding. There are two variations of these:

Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety:
High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice, or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, and others. Flooding is not expected
Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook:
Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind, or other conditions that could lead to high runoff and cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding, or erosion.
Flood Watch:
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services, and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare;
Flood Warning:
Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.