A Low Pressure System is expected to move into Southern Ontario over the weekend. The current forecast is estimating that 50 to 75 mm of precipitation may fall by Sunday. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Friday then transitioning to above freezing temperatures and returning to below freezing by Sunday. The majority of the precipitation is expected to be rain with potential periods of freezing rain and ice pellets when the temperatures are near the freezing mark.
The precipitation, melting of the snow and frozen ground conditions could generate high runoff along all watercourses in the area. Flooding along the Credit River and its major tributaries may occur.
High wind conditions may occur on Sunday as the system moves out of the Southern Ontario. Depending on wind and wave directions, flooding and erosion conditions may occur along the shorelines of Lake Ontario.
As a result, local streams, rivers, and shorelines could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. The public should be warned to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets.
CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Flood Outlook will be in effect through Mon-Jan-13-2020, or until further notice.
A Gale (Wind) Warning is in effect as posted by Environment Canada for Western Lake Ontario Marine Forecast. Winds east 35 knots (65 km/hr) diminishing to east 25 (45) this eveningthen backing to northeast 25 late overnight. Wind diminishing to north 15 (28) Monday afternoon. Waves 3 metres subsiding to 2 near midnight and to one near noon Monday.
A new DAILY peak for Lake Ontario was set at 75.92 metres above International Great Lakes Datum (m IGLD) on Jun-06-2019. Flood damages in 2017 occurred at a threshold elevation of 75.45 m when waves generated during a storm event overtopped and damaged several shoreline structures. The local damage threshold elevation does not account for wave generated by winds which can increase flood elevations and cause additional damages; this is especially true with onshore winds associated with storms. The current combination of the storm surge and wave heights could approach or exceed 76 m IGLD.
Watercourses discharging directly into Lake Ontario may be impacted by backwater from the lake. Residents and visitors to the Lake Ontario shoreline areas should use extreme caution and obey all closure notices for trails and pathways. As lake levels increase, certain areas may be cut off or isolated.
CVC will continue to monitor weather and lake conditions. This Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazard Watch will be in effect until Mon-Dec-02-2019 at 4 pm or updated prior to.
For more information on this Lake Ontario Hazard Watch, contact CVC during office hours at 905- 670-1615.
Today, Mississauga City Council awarded Ray Marentette with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2018. Ray began Mississauga’s first Slow Roll program in Port Credit. This is a casual group ride for riders of all levels and ages who cycle together on a biweekly basis.
The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or persons who show exceptional initiative in promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga. Phil Green is a Mississauga resident who worked tirelessly to promote safe cycling and riding as an alternative to driving. He is also the founding member of the MCAC.
“Ray is a shining example of a resident who is a self-starter and a leader in promoting cycling. He has more than tripled participation in his Port Credit Slow Roll from 13 people on his first ride to having an average of 50 riders. He has also encouraged others to begin a Slow Roll in Streetsville. He is an exceptional role model who has encouraged so many people to get on their bikes and give it a try.”
Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Chair of the MCAC
Marentette started bringing cyclists together for a biweekly casual 10 to 15 kilometre ride to enjoy the waterfront trail in Port Credit in the spring of 2018. When his rides gained popularity, he successfully received sponsorship from a local sporting goods store who supplied t-shirts for all of the Slow Roll riders.
Ray retired to the Port Credit area of Mississauga in 2010. Ray’s hometown is Windsor, Ontario, and it was there that he became familiar with the successful Slow Roll rides in Detroit, Michigan that attract thousands of people.
Two years ago, Ray, then 80, got tired of seeing his bike in the storage room and made a pact with himself to get back to riding his bicycle. However, his wife expressed concern of him riding on his own. He decided to put up posters along the waterfront trail inviting people to join him for a casual ride. Thirteen people showed up for this ride and he hasn’t looked back since.
During the first year he had 150 riders who participated in a Slow Roll ride at least once and this year there were 200 regulars who participated. The rides attract cyclists of all ages but the majority of riders are older adults who enjoy time in the outdoors and socializing. He has inspired a similar Slow Ride in Streetsville with others on the horizon for 2020.
He was also involved with a bike valet that began at the Port Credit Farmer’s market and he plans to help bring bike valets to more local festivals. Next year, Ray has plans to expand his Slow Roll to five days a week with some bonus Sunday afternoon rides. If you are interested in learning more about the Port Credit Slow Roll visit his Facebook page by the same name.
Credit Valley Conservation advises that Environment Canada is forecasting the potential for significant rainfall, starting today through to Friday morning from a low-pressure system approaching from the southwest. Accumulated rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres are possible, with the heaviest rain occurring on Thursday afternoon.
While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, rainfall associated with this system may result in flooding of low laying and urban areas.
Localized flooding may occur on roadways where leaf litter blocks storm drains. Some watersheds may respond with higher flows and water levels. As a result, local streams and rivers could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams.
Children should be warned about the dangers and pets kept away from watercourses.