WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT " Water Safety Statement

Posted by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority on Friday, February 16th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Water Safety Statement

Date: February 16th, 2018

To: All School Boards

All Municipalities

Police and Emergency Services

MNR, Area, District and Provincial Response Centre

News media

Hamilton Region, Grand River, & Long Point Conservation Authorities

This notice is intended to update 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.

Over the last 24 hours, the Region has experienced temperatures well above freezing, which has resulted in a majority of the snowpack melting and running off into local creels and rivers. Light rain in the amount of 5 to 10mm accompanied this melting event. The combination of warm temperatures and rain has elevated water levels within our local watercourses.

Smaller water courses like 4 Mile Creek in Niagara-on-the-Lake and 12 Mile Creek in Pelham and Thorold have peaked and are beginning to recede. Larger watercourses like 20 Mile Creek and the Welland River are still on the rise but are not expected to reach critical levels. Localized flooding of low-lying areas is expected or is occurring at this time. The NPCA will continue to monitor stream and weather conditions closely and will issue further messages as required.

The increasing runoff and water levels will destabilize the ice and raise the possibility of ice jam flooding. Residents are urged to keep themselves, children and pets well away from streams and creeks as these watercourses and their associated ice conditions 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 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 Sunday, February 18th, 2018 and will be updated as required.

For further information contact:

Ryan Kitchen

Water Resource Technician

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

250 Thorold Road West, 3rd Floor

Welland, Ontario L3C 3W2

tel. (905) 788-3135 ext. 269

mail: rkitchen@npca.ca

website: www.npca.ca

 
 
 

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