Flood Warnings

Current Status

Current Flood Status
No Flooding Watershed Conditions Statement Flood Watch Flood Warning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 1st, 2019

For Friday, November 1st, 2019, this notice is intended to update the public and local municipalities of the condition of Watersheds and the Lake Erie Shoreline as it relates to the Niagara Peninsula and the eastern portions of Haldimand and Hamilton.

Currently the Niagara Peninsula is under a Wind Warning as issued by Environment Canada. The Lake Erie shoreline is experiencing strong South Westerly to Westerly winds. Sustained winds over Lake Erie of 80km/hr with gusts in excess of 100km/hr are occurring. Winds will ease through the day Friday.

Current water levels on Lake Erie at Port Colborne have exceeded the forecast elevations and have combined with significant wave heights in excess of 2m (6.5ft). Flooding of low-lying areas is occurring due to surge and significant wave heights. Water levels should start to recede through the early morning hours of Friday.

Stakeholders with interests along Lake Erie should pay close attention to water levels and waves in their area. Residents are urged to use caution or stay away from the shoreline of Lake Erie during this event.Information on the Flood Status in the watershed and water levels within local watercourses can be found on the NPCA’s website at:

https://npca.ca/flood-status

https://npca.ca/stream-flow-monitoring

This notice is in effect until noon, Saturday November 2nd, 2019 and will be updated as required.

For further information contact:
Ryan Kitchen
Water Resources Technician
Work: 905-788-3135 x 269
After hours: 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.


Messages Key
No Flooding - No Flooding

No flood conditions exist

Watershed Conditions Statement - Awareness

Be informed and aware.

  • Water Safety Statements —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.
  • Flood Outlook Statements — 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
Flood Watch - Flood Watch

Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.

Flood Warning - Flood Warning

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.