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Conservation Halton warns public about incoming wet conditions

Alert children of 'imminent dangers' around water, conservation authority urges
Conservation authority warns of elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and cold water temperatures

Conservation Halton is asking residents to keep themselves and their children a safe distance from shoreline areas, culverts and other water courses in the coming days as wet weather moves into the region.

The request comes as Environment Canada is forecasting a low pressure system will bring widespread precipitation with it this week.

Currently, local forecasts indicate that 25-50 mm of rain is possible on Tuesday and will continue through Wednesday. As temperatures cool towards Thursday, the rain may change to wet snow.

"The anticipated rainfall combined with increased runoff from wet soil conditions will result in elevated water levels in rivers and streams within our jurisdiction. In addition, although the current Lake Ontario water level is below the established flood threshold, strong easterly winds with gusts up to 70 km/h may produce waves up to 2 m along shoreline areas," Conservation Halton said in a news release.

"Widespread flooding is not anticipated, however fast flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas, natural floodplains, and areas with poor drainage may be expected."

Conservation Halton asked all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses, Lake Ontario shoreline areas, and structures such as bridges, culverts, breakwalls, and dams.

It said elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and cold water temperatures combined with slippery conditions along stream banks and the potential for waves to overtop breakwalls continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.

"Please alert children in your care of these imminent dangers," the conservation authority added.

Conservation Halton said it will continue to monitor stream, lake and weather conditions and will issue updates as conditions warrant.