FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT – Flood Outlook
Date: February 20th, 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 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.
Over the last 24 hours an average of 20mm of rain has fallen throughout this region. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) notes that the water levels in the local creeks and rivers are already elevated from the recent snow melt. Up to an additional 20mm of rain is forecast to fall by the end of Wednesday, February 21st.
At the present time, the water levels in the Welland River and 20 Mile Creek are currently rising but remain below critical thresholds. Currently, the NPCA does not predict major flooding to be experienced in the communities of Smithville, Wellandport, and Welland. The NPCA does however, caution residents living along these rivers (and their tributaries) in Hamilton, Haldimand, West Lincoln and Wainfleet to closely monitor the situation as localized flooding in low-lying areas is expected.
The NPCA further notes that the water levels in our mid-size creeks, such as Black Creek in Fort Erie, Four Mile Creek in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Oswego Creek in Haldimand are on the rise but currently remain below critical levels. Again, the NPCA cautions residents living along these rivers (and their tributaries) in Haldimand, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie to closely monitor the situation as localized flooding in low-lying areas is expected.
The total water level increases will depend on the amount of precipitation received over the next 24 hours. 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 off and well away from streams and creeks as these watercourses and 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 Thursday, February 22nd, 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