Special Weather Statement For Heavy Rain Wednesday May 1st 2019

Environment Canada has updated a Special Weather Statement issued for much of Southern Ontario this morning including Brantford and the County of Brant which read;

 

Locally heavy rainfall continues this morning.

Rain at times heavy with a few thunderstorms will continue this morning. Local rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm are possible this morning.

Local ponding in low lying or poorly drained areas is possible.

This rainfall is associated with a Texas Low that will track across Southern Ontario today.

 

The update is the Special Weather Statement has ended. However the following is still in effect.

 

This extra rainfall on top of already saturated ground has elicited a statement from the Grand River Conservation Authority regarding safety around waterways including the Grand:

 

Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety

 

Heavy rainfall and saturated ground conditions set to impact local waterways.

 

Yet another low pressure system out of Texas will sweep across southern Ontario overnight Tuesday and through the day on Wednesday bringing 30-45 mm of rainfall to much of the Grand River watershed, with the potential for 5 to 10 mm of additional precipitation from thunderstorms.

 

Ground conditions in the watershed, already saturated following recent weather events, will increase the rate at which runoff will affect local waterways. While no significant flooding is anticipated with this event, higher flows in rivers and streams will increase the risk of flooding in low-lying areas typically prone to spring flooding. River flows will remain higher than normal in the coming week, elevating the safety risk around waterways throughout the watershed.

 

The public is encouraged to exercise extreme caution around all local waterways. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery and, when combined with cold, fast-moving water, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses.

 

This message will remain in effect until Friday, May 3, 2019. Updated flood messages will be issued if necessary as conditions change.

 

For more information on the GRCA and their updates visit their website at www.grandriver.ca/

 

Image and Special Weather Statement from Environment Canada.

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