Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety)

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that significant increases are expected in water levels and flows in the area watercourses, as a result of the forecasted rainfall for tomorrow (March 30).  Localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels is also possible.

However, significant watercourse flooding is not expected at this time.

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

HCA wishes to remind residents 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.

According to local weather forecasts, the Hamilton area is anticipated to receive 20 to 30 mm of rain tomorrow (March 30), with an additional 2 to 10 mm of rain anticipated for tonight.

Water levels and flows in area watercourses are currently near baseflows in some areas, while elevated in other areas.  However, no flooding has been reported, observed, or expected at the present conditions. 

A close watch on local conditions and weather forecasts is recommended.  HCA continues to monitor watercourse and weather conditions closely.

This Watershed Conditions Statement (Water Safety) message is in effect until Monday, April 1, 2019, at which time it will either be updated or cancelled.  HCA will issue further updates prior to April 1 as warranted.

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

Jonathan Bastien, Water Resources Engineering 905-525-2181 ext 138

Fax: 905-648-4622                                                  jbastien@conservationhamilton.ca