Excess Rain Could Make Local Waterways Unsafe in Mississauga


There's no getting around it—this summer has been disappointing in terms of wet weather.

The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) recently released a watershed conditions statement reminding residents to exercise extra caution around waterways.

CVC said that some areas within the watershed have received up to 18mm of rain since last week and that the situation isn't not slated to improve, as showers and thunderstorms are forecasted for this afternoon, most of Friday and the afternoon hours on Saturday.

CVC says we can expect 2 to 4mm of rain for today, approximately 15mm for Friday and an additional 2mm for Saturday and Sunday. The thunderstorms forecasted could be moderate in severity, with upwards of 50mm of rain possible.

And just in time for the Canada Day long weekend, of course!

The organization says the CVC watershed is currently saturated and any additional precipitation could result in increased water levels.

"While flooding is not anticipated along the Credit River and downstream areas of its major tributaries, heavy downpours associated with thunderstorm could results in flooding in urban and headwater areas," CVC writes. "All watercourses in the affected areas will experience higher water levels."

As a result, residents should note that local streams and rivers will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.

Thrill-seekers should also be wary, as the the high water levels and velocities along the watercourses can be dangerous for kayaking, canoeing, tubing or any other form of recreational activity.

The CVC is urging people to stay away from fast flowing waters.

The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, July 3
2017 or until further notice.

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