Mississauga residents urged to steer clear of waterways after heavy downpours

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Published September 24, 2021 at 12:09 pm

Residents are reminded to stay away from rivers and streams after this week's heavy rainfall.

Residents are being urged to stay away from watercourses across Mississauga after excessive rainfall this week raised water levels.  

City of Mississauga officials say streams, rivers and other areas in and around water can be dangerous places at the best of times, especially for children, but even more so during and after heavy rains. 

Mississauga and much of southern Ontario received from 60 to 80 mm of rain between Tuesday night and yesterday morning.  

Credit Valley Conservation officials warn that intense summer rainstorms such as the one that drenched the area this week can drop so much rain that storm sewers become overwhelmed, causing rainfall to puddle, pond and then flood low-lying areas. 

City officials suggest residents clear catch basins and eavestroughs on and around their property of leaves, litter and debris if it’s safe to do so.  

Residents can report blocked catch basins by calling 3-1-1. 

(Photo above, in story, shows raised water level of the Credit River in Port Credit after this week’s heavy rainfall. Photo: Credit Valley Conservation)

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