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Flood Hazard Alert: Rainfall of up to 50mm forecast

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement in effect for Durham Region, forecasting total rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm.

It said locally higher amounts are also possible in areas that receive thunderstorms.

The alert is expected to end late this afternoon, it said.

“Showers and occasional thunderstorms are expected to move across the region as a cold front approaches from the west. The precipitation is expected to end by this evening in the wake of the cold front. There is some uncertainty with the track and timing of this cold front that will move across the area. Hence exact timing and total rainfall amounts are subject to change,” said the warning.

Stay away from water bodies: Cloca

Meanwhile, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (Cloca) said large amounts of rainfall can cause soils to become saturated very quickly, resulting in increased runoff. Consequently, higher than normal water levels and flows can be expected in our streams, especially in the vicinity of culverts and bridges. 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. Please remind children of these dangers.

This Water Safety Statement will be in effect through Wednesday June 8th, 2022 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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