Heavy rainfall expected for Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills starting Wednesday

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Published February 15, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Current local forecasts estimate rainfall amounts between 20 and 30 mm on Wednesday. An additional 10 to 15 mm of mixed precipitation is also possible as temperatures will drop below zero on Thursday afternoon. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

Residents in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills are being advised of a heavy rainfall and rising water levels beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing to early Friday.

Conservation Halton says that the Provincial Surface Water Monitoring Centre (SWMC) is tracking a significant weather system passing through our the region that is forecasted to dump between an estimated 20 and 30 mm of rainfall.

An additional 10 to 15 mm of freezing rain/snow is also possible with temperatures expected to drop below zero on Thursday afternoon,

“Forecasted precipitation combined with melting snow and frozen ground conditions will result in increased water levels and flows within our rivers and streams which will continue over the next several days,” Conservation Halton said. “The combination of slippery and unstable banks, unsafe ice and cold water temperature will create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies.

“In addition, ice breakup may result in blockages at bridges and culverts producing localized flooding concerns in low lying areas.

While widespread flooding is not expected, fast flowing water and flooding of low lying areas and natural floodplains is likely occur.

All Halton residents and children are being asked to stay off ice covered bodies of water and keep a safe distances from all brooks and streams as well as bridges, culverts and dams.

The elevated water levels, fast flowing water and slippery conditions make these locations areas extremely dangerous and parents are asked to warn their children of these imminent dangers.

Conservation Halton will continue to monitor streams and weather conditions and release a further update if conditions warrant.

This Watershed Condition Statement will be in effect through Saturday.

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