Mississauga, Brampton residents warned of potential for local flash floods


Published August 4, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Mississauga and Brampton residents are being alerted to the possibility of localized flash flooding and other dangers near rivers and streams in the wake of severe thunderstorms that passed through the region last night (Aug. 3).

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) officials issued a Flood Outlook Statement on Wednesday evening at about 6 p.m. that remains in effect throughout today (Aug. 4).

“While no flooding is expected in the Credit River and its major tributaries, there is a possibility of localized flash floods and water pooling on roads and in flood-prone and low-lying urban areas,” the CVC said in its statement, noting that torrential rains last night could impact water levels and lead to other dangerous conditions around watercourses. “Streams and other waterways could become hazardous due to slippery and unstable banks, and from high water levels and fast-moving water.”

The CVC added that streams, rivers and shorelines could be hazardous, especially near culverts, bridges and dams.

“People are warned to stay away from all watercourses and to keep children and pets away.”

A Flood Outlook Statement is issued as an early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts of heavy rain, snow melt in the winter/spring, high winds and other conditions that could lead to high runoff, ice jams, shoreline flooding or erosion.

Environment Canada issued a severe weather warning last night (Aug. 3) for Mississauga, Brampton and Halton as a line of strong thunderstorms tracked across southern Ontario.

Based on the statement from CVC, City of Mississauga officials are also urging people to stay away from watercourses today.

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