FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Water Safety Statement
Date: February 16th, 2018
To: All School Boards
Police and Emergency Services
MNR, 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 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:
This notice is in effect until noon Sunday, February 18th, 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