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Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety May 1, 2017

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Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Southern Ontario and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the City of Hamilton. Bands of strong thunderstorms are anticipated to impact our watershed imminently. The potential for development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing high winds and heavy rains continues throughout the afternoon and evening. Additional precipitation above the 20-30 mm of rainfall already experienced across the watershed may cause flash floods in urban areas.

Riverine flooding is not anticipated, however the forecasted precipitation in conjunction with saturated ground conditions may result in higher than normal water levels and flows in local streams.

Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to stay away from all watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams. Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Lake Ontario water levels are also high. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

This Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety will be in effect through Tuesday May 2, 2017. Conservation Halton will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions and will provide updates as required.