GRCA Issues Watershed Conditions Statement: Water Safety

Flood Potential: Low

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority advises that rainfall in the amount of 30mm is forecast for today with temperatures hovering a few degrees above freezing.

With snowmelt over the weekend, watersheds are wet and local rivers and creeks are currently flowing slightly above normal. A small amount of snow is still present in the northern part of the watersheds that will be melting and contributing additional runoff during the event.

The forecasted rainfall will cause water levels and flows in local streams to rise. While no flooding is anticipated at this time, high flows at this time of year can be dangerous. All water bodies, including ponds, streams and many ditches will be flowing higher than normal.

Additionally, slippery stream banks and fast flowing, cold water will create hazardous conditions around all bodies of water. As a result, local streams and rivers may become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts and bridges. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.

This Watershed Conditions Statement will be in effect through Tuesday November 27th, 2018. Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions and provide updates as necessary. Should you have any questions or wish to report flooding, please contact the following GRCA staff at 905-885-8173.

Mike Smith
Flood Operations Officer

Note: A Watershed Condition Statement for Water Safety is issued as notice of the potential for high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.