- 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.
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, email@example.com