The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a watershed conditions statement for low-lying areas of Haldimand. Current forecasts are calling for 50 to 65mm of rain over Friday and Saturday with the bulk of it expected to fall on Saturday, January 11. Residents are encouraged to stay away from watercourses, ditches & shoreline areas during this rainfall event.
The forecast conditions will lead to watercourses rising throughout with the potential to flood low lying areas if the higher range of rainfall occurs.
People are warned to stay away from ditches, frozen water bodies, streams, rivers, and ponds as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water is dangerous. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from all of these areas.
Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts, and catch basins are free from debris and functioning properly.
Water levels are expected to remain elevated for several days following this weather event. Both conservation authority & Emergency Services staff will continue to monitor watershed conditions and issue updated flood messages as necessary. The watershed conditions statement will be in effect until noon on Monday, January 13, 2020.