Credit Valley Conservation advises that Environment Canada is forecasting the potential for significant rainfall, starting today through to Friday morning from a low-pressure system approaching from the southwest. Accumulated rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres are possible, with the heaviest rain occurring on Thursday afternoon.
While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, rainfall associated with this system may result in flooding of low laying and urban areas.
Localized flooding may occur on roadways where leaf litter blocks storm drains. Some watersheds may respond with higher flows and water levels. As a result, local streams and rivers could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.
Children should be warned about the dangers and pets kept away from watercourses.
CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Saturday November 2, 2019, or until further notice. To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website: https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/
Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, particularly around this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution, and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways as warmer spring weather approaches.
In spring we look forward to warmer weather and being outdoors. Warmer weather, however, usually brings rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. Slippery, unstable streambanks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body.
The Credit River Watershed has received a significant amount of snow this winter. A few recent thaws have helped decrease the existing snowpack. Melting snow due to warmer temperatures combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground conditions could contribute to higher water levels and increased water speeds in local watercourses.
There is still significant ice cover throughout the watershed. Several ice jams remain grounded along the Credit River at Barber (Paper) Mill Dam in Halton Hills, the Ferndale Park in Caledon and at Meadowvale Park in Mississauga.
Remaining ice jams and ice cover on watercourses will weaken and become unstable with warmer temperatures. CVC continues to work with municipal emergency services to keep them constantly informed about current and changing conditions within local watercourses.
CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family members and pets away from the edges of all waterways and off frozen water bodies, which are extremely unsafe.
For more information, contact CVC at (905) 670-1615.