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Heavy rainfall prompts warning from Conservation Halton to stay away from waterways

Due to the heavy rainfall expected on Saturday, March 25, Conservation Halton is urging residents to avoid any remaining ice-covered bodies of water and maintain a safe distance from watercourses and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams.

As per the special weather statement issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada, rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 mm are predicted, with mixed precipitation in the morning shifting to rain and then tapering off in the evening. These amounts may vary across Conservation Halton watersheds and contribute to snowmelt due to daytime temperatures above freezing. Moreover, wind gusts of 70-80 km/hr can be expected from the east.

While widespread flooding is unlikely, residents must be mindful of fast flowing water and flooding in low-lying areas, natural floodplains, and areas with inadequate drainage. In addition, elevated lake levels and high waves may be seen along the Oakville and Burlington shoreline areas of Lake Ontario.

The slippery conditions along stream banks, combined with elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and cold-water temperatures, continue to pose a severe risk. Therefore, it is essential to exercise caution, especially around Lake Ontario shoreline areas, which may experience waves that could overtop breakwalls and other shoreline structures. Parents must make their children aware of these hazards.

Conservation Halton will monitor stream and weather conditions and provide updates as necessary through its watershed conditions statement. This safety alert will remain in effect until Monday, March 27.

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