Updated Watershed Conditions Statement: Water Safety

Updated Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety)

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that water levels and flows remain significantly elevated in Spencer Creek, as a result of recent rainfall.  Localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels may still be occurring, particularly in Upper Spencer Creek areas.  However, presently there are no reports, observations, or expectations of significant watercourse flooding. 

HCA wishes to remind residents to continue to exercise caution near all water bodies and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams at this time.  Elevated water levels, faster moving water, rapidly changing levels and flows, unsafe ice, and slippery banks may pose a significant hazard.  Adults are advised to keep children and pets away from water bodies at this time.

Water levels and flows are declining, but are expected to remain significantly elevated in Spencer Creek over the next week.  There is also the possibility during this time of continued localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels. 

Also, any remaining ice cover may breakup, which has the potential to result in blockages producing localized flooding concerns in low lying areas.

There are no significant concerns at this time for watercourses in the Redhill and Stoney Creek areas.

According to local weather forecasts, the Hamilton area is anticipated to receive a total of 2 – 8 mm of rain over the period of Monday to Sunday (April 1 to 7).

HCA continues to monitor watercourse and weather conditions closely.

This Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety) message is an update to the message issued March 29, 2019.  This updated message is in effect until Monday, April 8, 2019, at which time it will either be updated or cancelled.  HCA will issue further updates prior to April 8 as warranted.

For further information or questions regarding this message, please contact:

Jonathan Bastien, Water Resources Engineering

Phone: 905-525-2181 ext 138

Fax: 905-648-4622