Rain could present dangerous waterway conditions in Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills


Published April 2, 2024 at 11:08 am

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

Rain, wet snow and high winds may present treacherous conditions around local rivers, streams and the lakefront prompting a warning to stay away.

Conservation Halton says the anticipated precipitation and increased runoff from wet soil conditions will result in elevated water levels in rivers and streams within Milton, Oakville, Burling and Halton Hills as well as producing high waves along the shore of Lake Ontario.

Conservation Halton is a community-based natural resource management agency.

“(We are) asking all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses, Lake Ontario shoreline areas, and structures such as bridges, culverts, breakwalls, and dams,” Conservation Halton says in an alert. “Elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and cold water temperatures combined with slippery conditions along stream banks and the potential for waves to overtop breakwalls continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.”

Although widespread flooding is not anticipated, the fast-flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas, natural floodplains, and areas with poor drainage may be expected.

Conservation Halton says it will continue to monitor stream, lake, and weather conditions and will issue an update to this alert as conditions warrant. As it stands now, the alert remains in effect through Friday, April 5.

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