Flood Watch – January 12, 2017
The Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement issued on January 10, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. has been cancelled. This Flood Watch is an update regarding the high water conditions which exist in the Catfish Creek Watershed. This Flood Watch is intended to notify Catfish Creek Conservation Authority member Municipalities, Emergency Services staff and individual landowners that water level conditions have 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 issuing a Flood Watch for low lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Due to unseasonal weather conditions rains, increased snow melt and an extensive warming trend there is a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas of the watershed.
The aforementioned weather conditions over the last couple of days coupled with 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 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.
The public is encouraged to exercise caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children away from waterways during Flood Watches and other 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 for the next 24 hours from time of issue and will then be adjusted accordingly.