SCRCA issues watershed conditions statement

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority (SCRCA) issued a watershed conditions statement on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, as rainfall with embedded torrential downpours is expected.

“Environment Canada is expecting widespread significant rainfall from post-tropical storm Beryl beginning overnight tonight (July 9) and ending Thursday (July 11),” SCRCA officials say.

“Rainfall totals across the region are predicted to be between 40-80mm with higher amounts locally possible. There is a threat of torrential downpours with rainfall rates of 20-40mm per hour. Due to the potential intensity of the storms, water levels are expected to rise rapidly and produce localized runoff. High amounts of rainfall in a short period of time can lead to pooling on roads and flash flooding.”

SCRCA officials added: “Water levels are anticipated to be elevated from the rainfall with the potential for minor flooding into natural floodplain areas, parks and fields; major flooding is not anticipated at this time. Individuals are reminded to avoid watercourses and flooded areas due to dangerous conditions, slippery banks and cold, swift moving water. Children and pets should be kept away from the water. The Conservation Authority continues to monitor watershed conditions and will issue advisories to municipalities and media should flood issues arise.”

Municipal emergency response staff and road superintendents should monitor local conditions closely.

This message will remain in effect until Friday, July 12, 2024 at 12pm unless otherwise updated.

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