FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety
Date: September 9th, 2018
To: All Municipalities and School Boards
Police and Emergency services
MNRF, Area, District and Provincial Response Centre
Hamilton Region, Grand River, & Long Point Conservation Authorities
This notice is intended to update the public and local municipalities of the condition of watercourses as it relates to the Niagara Peninsula and the eastern portion of Hamilton and Haldimand County.
A low-pressure system associated with the remnants of Hurricane Gordon is tracking close to the Niagara Peninsula. At this time the Niagara Region and Haldimand County are under a Rainfall Warning as issued by Environment Canada. The forecast is calling for approximately 50mm of rain to fall, possibly heavy at times. The rain will start late this evening and should start to taper off tomorrow afternoon. The heaviest rains will fall through the overnight hours.
Water levels in local creeks and rivers are currently well below critical thresholds and the NPCA does not expect any major flooding associated with this event. However, localized flooding of low-lying areas prone to flooding is possible.
The NPCA will continue to monitor these conditions and will issue further messages as required. Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within local watercourses can be found on the NPCA’s website at:
This notice is in effect until noon Tuesday September 11th, 2018 and will be updated as required.
For further information contact:
Water Resource Technician
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West, 3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario L3C 3W2
tel. (905) 788-3135 ext. 269
cel. (905) 658-1838
What if a Flood Message is Issued for Your Area?
- Take heed of the message issued.
- Be prepared to follow the advice and instructions of emergency response officials.
Monitoring weather and flood conditions is a shared responsibility of Conservation Authorities, OMNR, and Environment Canada. The OMNR Surface Water Monitoring Centre in Peterborough monitors weather forecasts and water levels across the province, providing the information to Conservation Authorities. Other information is also available from Environment Canada. Conservation Authorities and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are responsible for forecasting where and when flooding is likely to occur and issuing appropriate messages. Advance warning of an impending flood allows municipalities and other government agencies to put emergency response plans into operation, and if necessary, evacuate communities. When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Authorities (or the Ministry of Natural Resources in areas where there is no Conservation Authority) issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials and the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents. Flood messages are posted on Conservation Authorities’ websites. In some watersheds, members of the public can receive flood messages directly through e-mail and/or Twitter.
Flood Messages are shown on this site appear as a message in the bar under the navigation.
Conditions are within NORMAL limits. No flooding is expected.
WATER SAFETY STATEMENT
High flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected
FLOOD OUTLOOK STATEMENT
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, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
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.