Flood Warning & Forecasting
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Central Lake Ontario Conservation (CLOCA) monitors, on an ongoing basis, weather forecasts and watershed conditions at locations across the watershed.
Our Water Monitoring Network is a collection of stream gauges, rain gauges, air and water temperature probes, groundwater monitoring wells, snow measurement sites, surface water and groundwater quality sampling sites. These measurements, weather forecasts and radar information on temperatures and rainfall predictions, along with historic data, are all taken into consideration when developing a flood forecast.
The data is catalogued and analyzed to develop effective watershed wide management programs in support of our polices like the Flood Forecasting and Warning System, Low Water Response and Source Water Protection programs. Observing trends over time requires long term tracking and monitoring.
Central Lake Ontario Conservation
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Holly Whittington, Environmental Engineering Technologist
905 579-0411 ext. 134
905- 259-4579 (cell)
905 579-0411, Option: 4
Flood Warning Messages
Central Lake Ontario Conservation monitors weather information, creek flows, snow pack and ice conditions in order to predict when floods will occur and how high the water may rise. When flooding is possible, or about to occur, Central Lake Ontario Conservation will issue flood messages to municipal emergency management officials and the media.
No flood conditions exist.
Watershed Conditions Statement - Water Safety
High flows, unsafe banks, melting Ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.
Watershed Conditions Statement - Flood Outlook
Early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rains, snow melt, high winds or other conditions that could result in high runoff or ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
Flooding is possible in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.