Flood Watch – February 20, 2014
For Immediate Release
Flood Watch for Residents of Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on February 20, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician Catfish Creek Conservation Authority (519) 773-9037
This Flood Watch is intended to notify Catfish Creek Conservation Authority member Municipalities, Emergency Services staff and individual landowners that adverse weather patterns have strengthened and channel water levels are expected to increased. This is an assessment that a high probability exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is upgrading the Flood Outlook Watershed Conditions Statement issued on Wednesday February 19, 2014, to a Flood Watch for low lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Environment Canada has upgraded the weather forecast in this area to a Rainfall Warning with up to 50mm of rain possible.
Updated snowpack assessments show that the snow water equivalency has increased to 88mm on average. The Rainfall Warning coupled with the updated snowpack assessment and expected deteriorating ice conditions on the Catfish Creek and its tributaries indicate that potentially hazardous circumstances exist; primary concerns are increasing water levels, intensifying water flows and possible obstructions to riverine ice transport. HIGH water flows result in unsafe channel bank conditions and other unpredictable dangers around waterways, adjacent fields and parkland, urban storm drains, small streams, creeks, or other hazardous areas.
Residents are advised to remove property from low-lying areas adjacent to streams, creeks ditches or other open bodies of water. The public is encouraged to exercise caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children away from waterways during times of high water flow.
Residents are asked to watch local conditions closely and take appropriate responsible action. Updates will be made available if conditions warrant.
This watch will remain in effect until 1200hrs Sunday February 23 or until an update is issued and will then be adjusted accordingly.