Cloca alert out with up to 30mm rainfall projected

A low-pressure system was to move into Ontario last night and move slowly through over the next tpday and tomorrow.

The system is expected to bring above freezing temperatures and 20-30mm of precipitation, the bulk of which is expected to fall on Friday, said the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (Cloca)

It said a considerable snowpack still exists in the Cloca watershed, especially in the north. This snowpack combined with milder temperatures, frozen ground conditions and the incoming precipitation will result in substantial runoff causing higher than normal water levels and flows in streams. Widespread flooding is not anticipated, however fast flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas and roadways may be expected in flood prone areas.

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority is asking all residents to stay away from all watercourses, shorelines, and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Increased wave activity, elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks and Lake Ontario shorelines continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.

This Water Safety Statement will be in effect through Sunday March 19th, 2023, or until further notice. The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority will continue to monitor the conditions of the streams and will provide updates as required.

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