WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Water Safety
Date: February 7, 2017
This notice is intended to advise the public and local municipalities of the status of the watercourse conditions within the Niagara Peninsula and the eastern portions of the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County.
The Niagara Peninsula and portions of Hamilton and Haldimand at the current time are under a rainfall warning and are forecasted to receive 25 to 35 mm of rain throughout this afternoon and evening. This amount of precipitation combined with frozen ground will result in higher than normal water levels and flows within the Welland River, Twenty Mile Creek and smaller watercourses throughout the region. At present, all watercourses are below critical thresholds, and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority does not expect any major flooding. However, localized flooding typical of low lying areas may be experienced. Many of the watercourses in the region are ice covered and at risk for ice jams and associated flooding. The NPCA will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions closely and will issue further messages as required.
Residents are urged to keep themselves, children and pets well away from streams and creeks as these watercourses will be hazardous. Drivers are reminded there is an increased risk of water over roads and should not drive through any flooded roadway, being particularly careful at night. Local municipalities are advised to check for debris and ice clogging culverts, catch basins, and other storm infrastructure.
Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within the streams can be found on the NPCA’s website at http://www.npca.ca/watershed-management/stream-flow-monitoring.
This notice is in effect until noon Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 and will be updated as required.
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 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.