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Conservation Halton warns public about wet conditions

Alert children of 'imminent dangers' around waterways, conservation authority urges
Local waterways, including Grindstone Creek in Smokey Hollow, are expected to have elevated water levels with this week's predicted weather, says Conservation Halton.

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," 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, which oversees the Grindstone Creek watershed that runs through Waterdown, asks all residents and children to keep a safe distance from all watercourses 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 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.

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