Flood Watch – March 17, 2015
For Immediate Release
Flood Watch for Residents of Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on March 17, 2015 at 9:30 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 water level conditions have increased. This is an assessment that a significant probability exists for flooding of low-lying flood prone areas within the watershed.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is issuing this Flood Watch for low lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Due to the recent precipitation, increased snow melt, recent warming and migration of creek ice a very high potential exists for flooding to occur in flood prone areas of the watershed.
Environment Canada’s daytime weather forecast coupled with the recent deterioration of the 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. A
HIGH water flows and wet snow 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 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 until further notice and will be adjusted accordingly if required.