For Immediate Release
Water Safety, Watershed Condition Statement for Residents of Catfish Creek Watershed
Issued on Saturdat June 24, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
Issued by: Peter Dragunas, Water Management Technician
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority
This is a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement indicating that high flows, unsafe banks or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding of low lying areas may be possible.
Effective immediately, the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is issuing a Water Safety, Watershed Conditions Statement for flood prone low-lying areas adjacent to watercourses within the Catfish Creek watershed and its tributaries. At present stream flow and water levels are below average within the Catfish Creek watershed.
Localized heavy rainfall possible today.
Localized heavy rainfall with near 50 mm possible, this afternoon and evening. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon. These showers and thunderstorms will be very slow moving and some areas may receive significant rainfall amounts. Rainfall warnings may be issued as thunderstorms develop. Visit Ontario.ca/floods for the latest details.
Heavy downpours can cause flash floods. Heavy rainfall in combination with other weather factors, such as hail, wind and lightning will make outdoor activities unsafe.
Due to these increased adverse weather conditions there is a potential for higher water flows resulting in unsafe conditions and other unpredictable dangers around waterways within the Catfish Creek watershed. Anglers, boaters, children, pets and people intending to undertake any recreational activities around watercourses need to abstain from these areas during these conditions.
The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution near open bodies of water, and to keep children away from waterways during times of increased water flow. Landowners are advised to check dams, culverts, and catch basins and make sure they are free from debris and functioning as intended during high water situations.
CCCA will continue to monitor 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.
This Watershed Conditions Statement will remain in effect until 12:00 Sunday June 25, 2023.. Residents are asked to closely watch local conditions and take appropriate responsible action. Updates will be made available when and if conditions warrant.