MILD WEATHER CAN BRING SPRING DANGERS

- Conservation Authority Issues Spring Melt Safety Message, asks residents to be cautious -

TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Toronto and Region Conservation, along with other Conservation Authorities, remind residents to be safe while enjoying the outdoors near all bodies of water.  This is particularly important to remember during the Spring Melt period over the next few weeks. 

So far, total snowfall amounts for the winter have been much lighter than normal. Also, the weather systems of recent weeks have lead to an earlier than normal ice breakup, and higher than normal flows within our watersheds. Most of our ponds are still covered or partially covered with melting ice.  In addition, slippery and unstable stream banks and extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close to any water body. Similar weather systems are anticipated to continue over the next month or so as we transition into spring. As a result our watercourses are expected to continue to flow higher than normal over that time. Residents are asked to exercise caution around any water body over the next few weeks to help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.

Flood Duty Officers in the Toronto and Region Conservation's Flood Forecasting and Warning centre monitor weather and watershed conditions on a continuous basis to forecast any public safety or flood risk conditions along rivers and streams in our area.  Upon forecast of a risk related to flooding, the centre issues the appropriate flood messages providing advice to Municipalities and media.

About TRCA
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment.  Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

For further information:

Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, 416-661-6600 ext 5632, rcalpito@trca.on.ca


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