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Heavy Rains: Fast flowing water warning for Durham

Oshawa-based Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (Cloca) said following Thursday’s heavy rains and melting snow pack, fast flowing water and flooding of low lying areas and roadways may be expected.

Widespread flooding is, however, not anticipated, it said.

In an advisory issued for Durham Region yesterday evening, Environment Canada forecast heavy rainfall and strong winds Thursday (see also below). It said total rainfall amounts could be of 15 to 25 mm, while southwesterly winds may gust 60 to 80 kmh.

“Over the next couple of days, highs are expected to be above the freezing mark in the 5 to 7°C range. Milder temperatures, combined with precipitation and an average snowpack of 10 to 15 cm will result in increased runoff causing higher than normal water levels and flows in our streams,” Cloca pointed out.

In addition, milder temperatures and rain could weaken and cause the breakup of ice cover where it exists, causing localized water level increases and flooding, it added.

It asked 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 Sunday, February 12 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 on their website at

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