Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of the dangers which exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes during spring and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.
With spring and warmer temperatures quickly approaching, we’re all looking forward to getting outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also bring rainfall, melting snow and ice, which can all contribute to higher, faster flowing water in our waterways. Slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water.
Conservation Halton has11 gauge stations which are monitored frequently by staff which include such parameters as: water levels, precipitation, water and air temperature measurements from our creeks and reservoirs in Halton. These measurements help staff assess watershed conditions for potential flooding, and issue statements, watches and warnings to the public.
Flood Control staff also visually monitor the process of ice breakup in the creeks and identify potential flooding problems due to ice jamming in the winter/spring season.
Conservation Halton’s four reservoirs are at or near winter holding levels in anticipation of the spring runoff, and have 100 per cent available storage.
For more information on Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program, visit our website, http://www.conservationhalton.ca/natural-hazards or call (905) 336-1158.
About Conservation Halton’s Water Control and Flood Warning Program
Conservation Halton provides a water control and flood warning program to reduce the risk of property damage and loss of life due to flooding.
When flooding is possible or about to occur, Conservation Halton issues flood messages to municipal emergency management officials, school boards, police and EMS as well as the media. The municipal officials then take action to warn local residents.
Conservation Halton is responsible for the maintenance and operation of four major dams (Kelso, Hilton Falls, Scotch Block and Mountsberg dams) and 12.5 kilometers of flood control channels (Sixteen Mile Creek through Milton, Morrison-Wedgewood diversion in Oakville and the Rambo-Hager diversion in Burlington).