Flood Outlook, Watershed Condition Statement
For Immediate Release
Flood Outlook, Watershed Condition Statement for Residents of the Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on May 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (519) 773-9037
This is a Flood Outlook, Watershed Conditions Statement
Southern Ontario is forecast to receive significant precipitation over the next several days.
Rain is expected to spread into most of Southwestern Ontario today and rainfall is predicted to be heavy at times. Environment Canada has issued a Rainfall Warning for Elgin County that heavy rain (40-70mm) is expected today through Saturday. The rain is anticipated to ease off by Saturday night.
Since the ground is already saturated from earlier rainfall this week infiltration is expected to be minimal consequent direct surface runoff to watercourses is anticipated this coupled with higher than normal channel flows, the potential exists for localized flooding in low-lying flood prone areas along open channels within the Catfish Creek Conservation Authorities watershed areas.
CCCA will continue to monitor rainfall and watershed conditions and will issue updates and recommendations as necessary. CCCA always recommends taking any necessary precautions to minimize the results of flood impacts of the Catfish Creek and its tributaries.
The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children and pets away from all waterways during adverse flow conditions.
Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying areas adjacent to streams, creeks ditches or other open bodies of water.
This Flood Outlook Statement will remain in effect till Monday May 8th or until an update is issued and will then be adjusted accordingly. Residents are asked to closely watch local conditions and take appropriate responsible action. Updates will be made available if or when conditions warrant.