Flooding is top of mind everywhere with the melting of snow and the recent news of Brantford which remains under an evacuation order due to flooding.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is also monitoring the waterways in the region and in their latest report note that the water levels in the local creeks and rivers are already elevated from the recent snow melt that we have seen, however, at the present time, the water levels in the Welland River and 20 Mile Creek are currently rising but remain below critical thresholds.
Currently, the NPCA does not predict major flooding to be experienced in the communities of Smithville, Wellandport, and Welland. The NPCA does, however, caution residents living along these rivers (and their tributaries) in Hamilton, Haldimand, West Lincoln and Wainfleet to closely monitor the situation as localized flooding in low-lying areas is expected.
The NPCA further notes that the water levels in our mid-size creeks, such as Black Creek in Fort Erie, Four Mile Creek in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Oswego Creek in Haldimand are on the rise but currently remain below critical levels. Again, the NPCA cautions residents living along these rivers (and their tributaries) in Haldimand, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Fort Erie to closely monitor the situation as localized flooding in low-lying areas is expected.
Residents are urged to keep themselves, children and pets off and well away from streams and creeks as these watercourses and associated ice conditions will be hazardous. Drivers are reminded there is an increased risk of water over roads and should not drive through any flooded roadway, being particularly careful at night. For updates, visit the website for the NPCA HERE.
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