Hazardous conditions on and around bodies of water
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers that exist near rivers, streams, ponds and lakes this time of year and urging people to keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways. Melting snow combined with spring rainfall and frozen ground that is less able to absorb water can lead to higher and faster flowing water and unstable ice conditions.
Be safe this spring and remember the following tips:
- Keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways.
- Unless an area is officially sanctioned for it, avoid all recreational activities on or around water and ice, especially near ice jams.
- Do not attempt to walk on ice-covered water or drive through flooded roads or fast-moving water.
- If you live close to the water, move objects such as chairs or benches away from the water’s edge to avoid losing them if water levels rise.
- Avoid walking close to or across riverbanks, shorelines and ice-covered water to prevent falling through. Riverbanks and shorelines can be slippery and unstable due to snowmelt and erosion.
- Rescuing a person or pet from icy water is dangerous. If you see anyone that has fallen through the ice call 9-1-1 for help immediately.
- Stay informed with the Alertable app. Alertable is a Canadian public emergency alert system that offers CVC flood alerts in real-time, right to your mobile device. It’s free via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
- Know who to contact during a flood emergency.
CVC continues to monitor the Credit River watershed for potential flooding through the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will continue to monitor watershed conditions throughout the transition to spring.
Continue reading Spring Safety Message: Be Careful Near Waterways
Water Safety Statement
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) advises that Environment Canada is forecasting above zero air temperatures over the weekend and early next week with the highest temperature exceeding 10°C and a chance of 2 to 4 mm of showers on Sunday, March 6th, 2022.
Water levels in the Credit River and its major tributaries have receded to seasonal normal levels after February flood events. However, ice breakup/jam risks are continuing. River ice is still present along the Credit River, especially upstream of the Paper Mill Dam in Georgetown. An ice jam remains in Churchville, although its size has decreased.
The amount of runoff expected on Sunday and Monday is estimated to be in the range of 20 mm or more. It is not anticipated that the flows will be sufficient to push the ice over the Paper Mill Dam. However, expected flows may be sufficient to breakup and mobilize the ice in the river, so new ice jams may form elsewhere.
While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and partial ice coverage will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges, and dams. The public is advised 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 Water Safety will be in effect through Monday, March 7th, 2022, or until further notice.
To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website: https://cvc.ca/real-time-monitoring/
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) reminds residents and visitors to our parks of the dangers near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes this time of year. CVC urges people to exercise caution and keep family and pets away from the edges of all waterways and water bodies.
We are experiencing frequent freeze-thaw cycles. Changing temperatures make ice conditions unpredictable and unstable. Additionally, streambanks are slippery and extremely cold water can be hazardous.
Be safe this winter and remember the following tips:
- Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
- Avoid all recreational activities in or around water, including skating in unsanctioned areas
- Tailor your winter outdoor activities to trails at local parks and conservation areas
- Follow staff instructions and signage throughout CVC conservation areas
For more information, contact your local conservation authority:
- Credit Valley Conservation – (905) 670-1615
- Toronto & Region Conservation Authority – (416) 661-6514
- Conservation Halton – (905) 336-1158
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority – (905) 895-1281
- Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority – (905) 579-0411
- Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority – (905) 885-8173
- Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority – (705) 424-1479
- Kawartha Conservation – (705) 328-2271
For more information about our parks, visit cvc.ca/park-advisories for the latest updates.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains (“sheds”) into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Credit Valley Conservation is advising that a Provincial Flood Watch is issued for Lower Great Lakes Shoreline Region by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. Strong south/southwest winds gusting between 60 and 70 km/h is expected throughout Wednesday and peaking in the evening hours. Waves in excess of 1.5 m could be seen in the Lower Great Lakes including Lake Ontario causing surge related flooding in vulnerable locations in shoreline areas.
As a result, streams and rivers close to the Lake Ontario Shoreline will become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges, and dams. There is a potential for flooding in low lying areas. The public is warned to stay away from Lake Ontario Shoreline and nearby watercourses.
CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in Lake Ontario. This Flood Outlook Statement will be in effect through to Thursday January 6, 2022 or until further notice.
To view current watershed conditions, please visit our real-time monitoring website: https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/
Water Safety Statement
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is advising that a spring storm system is forecast to move into our watershed late this evening and overnight bringing risk of thunderstorms and 15 to 20 mm of heavy rain. Periods of rain will be ending near Friday at noon bringing an additional 10 to 15 mm of rainfall. 5 to 10 mm of rain is forecasted for Saturday.
While flooding of the Credit River and its major tributaries is not expected, higher water levels and flows will result in local streams and rivers becoming dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams. The public is advised to stay away from all watercourses, especially children and pets. Residents living near watercourses are advised to remove or secure all loose items in the floodplain.
CVC will continue to closely monitor weather and water levels in the watershed. The Watershed Conditions Statement for Water Safety will be in effect through Sun-Mar-28-2021 or until further notice.
To view current watershed conditions, visit our real-time monitoring website: https://cvc.ca/watershed-science/watershed-monitoring/real-time-monitoring/