Mississauga and Brampton warned of potential flooding as heavy rain approaches
Published February 15, 2022 at 10:09 am
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Halton Hills residents are being urged to stay away from rivers and streams for the rest of the week as heavy rain and melting snow could lead to flooding throughout the Credit River Watershed.
The flood outlook statement issued this morning (Feb. 15) by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) officials warns that heavy rain and relatively warm temperatures expected in those areas on Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 16-17) could lead to as much as 40mm of total combined runoff from rainfall and melting snow.
CVC says the significant amount of runoff expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon will cause water levels in rivers and streams to rise.
Subsequently, the risk of ice breakup and jams throughout the watershed is high, making for dangerous conditions.
“As a result, local streams, rivers and shorelines could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams,” CVC officials said in their statement. “The public is urged to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.”
Flood statement: We are closely monitoring the forecasted warmer temps and rain for Wed/Thurs. Water levels in streams and rivers are expected to rise and present a risk of ice break up and jams occurring through out the watershed. Stay safe #ONfloodhttps://t.co/LmuwB1jorQ pic.twitter.com/pnfbEQrzxp
— Credit Valley Conservation (@CVC_CA) February 14, 2022
The flood outlook statement, issued by CVC as an early notice of potentially dangerous conditions, will remain in effect until Friday.
CVC officials will be monitoring the situation constantly over the next three days.
CVC officials identify the following as locations along the Credit River that are prone to ice jams:
- Mississauga: Meadowvale, Erindale Park, Streetsville Memorial Park
- Brampton: Eldorado Park to Churchville
- Caledon: Ferndale, Cheltenham, Terra Cotta
- Halton Hills: Glen Williams
City of Mississauga officials say residents can help by:
- ensuring street catch basins are not blocked and keeping eavestroughs clear
- reporting blocked catch basins, issues with culverts, street flooding and damaged street trees by calling 3-1-1
- reporting trees or branches on electrical wires or power outages to Alectra Utilities
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With the forecasted warmer temperatures & rain beginning Wednesday, a Flood Outlook is in effect for #Mississauga. ☔
— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) February 14, 2022