For Immediate Release
Flood Watch for Residents of Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on February 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
The Flood Warning Statement issued on February 17, 2019 at 12:30 a.m. has been down graded to a Flood Watch.
This Flood Watch is to notify Catfish Creek Conservation Authority Member Municipalities, Emergency Services staff and individual landowners that due to ice pockets which remain in the Catfish Creek and its tributaries along with elevated water level conditions a possibility still remains of flooding in low lying flood prone areas within the watershed.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is down grading the February 17th Flood Warning to a Flood Watch for low lying flood prone areas within the watershed. Due to existing conditions of ice pockets still in the Catfish Creek and elevated channel flows there is still a potential for flooding to occur in flood prone areas of the watershed.
The adverse conditions coupled with the remaining ice pockets on the Catfish Creek and its tributaries, indicate that a potentially hazardous circumstance exist; primary concerns are 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 Flood Watch Statement will remain in effect until otherwise notified and will be adjusted accordingly if warranted.