Updated Watershed Conditions Statement: Water Safety

Updated Watershed Conditions Statement: Water Safety

Posted April 18, 2019

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that water levels and flows are expected to be elevated in all Hamilton watercourses over the coming weekend and early next week, as a result of the rainfall forecasted for Friday, April 19 and Saturdays, April 20. Localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels is also possible, particularly in Spencer Creek and Stoney Creek watersheds, during this time.

However, presently there are no 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, and slippery banks may pose a significant hazard. Adults are advised to keep children and pets away from water bodies at this time.

According to local weather forecasts, the Hamilton area is anticipated to receive a total of 23 to 38 mm of rain with an additional 5 to 10 mm of rain from anticipated thunderstorms on Friday, April 19. An addition 11 to 32 mm of rain is forecasted for the weekend (April 20 to April 23). Given uncertainty in the amount of rain forecasted for the area, HCA staff continue to reassess this potential regularly.

HCA continues to monitor watercourse and weather conditions closely.

This Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety) is an update to the message issued April 16, 2019. This updated message is in effect until Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at which time it will either be updated or cancelled. HCA will issue further updates prior to April 23 as warranted.

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

Alex Nizharadze, P.Eng., Water Management Specialist

Phone: 905-525-2181 ext 232

Fax: 905-648-4622 

Email: Alex.Nizharadze@conservationhamilton.ca