Media Advisory - Conservation Authorities warn public of potential spring time flooding

    - Higher, faster flowing water expected from melting snow -

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - The conservation authorities in the GTA and
Golden Horseshoe Area remind the public of the dangers that exist on our
streams, rivers, ponds and lakes during spring breakup.
    The cold weather and snow that we have been experiencing since the middle
of January has resulted in the development of significant ice covers along
most of our rivers and streams, and a build up of the snow pack in our
watershed. With the snow melt from warming weather, the potential for flooding
and ice jamming remains significant should heavy rains also occur.
    This spring is expected to bring melting snow, rain and breakup of ice
along rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. During this time of year higher,
faster flowing water is expected. Also, ice cover may weaken and become
thinner with little or no warning, therefore all ice-covered waterbodies
should be considered dangerous. Slippery and unstable stream banks and
extremely cold water temperatures can lead to very hazardous conditions close
to any water body.
    Conservation authorities are closely monitoring river and stream
conditions and will prepare flood messages as conditions warrant. Parents and
caregivers are being asked to keep children away from stream banks, ponds and
lakes. Conservation authorities is asking the public to exercise caution
around any water body over the next few weeks and help make this a safe and
enjoyable spring.

    For more information, call your local conservation authority:

    -   Halton Region Conservation Authority         905-336-1158
    -   Credit Valley Conservation Authority         905-670-1615
    -   Toronto & Region Conservation Authority      416-661-6600
    -   Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority    905-895-1281
    -   Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority  905-579-0411
    -   Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority      905-885-8173
    -   Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority    705-424-1479
    -   Kawartha Region Conservation Authority       705-328-2271

    With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation
(TRCA) is a science-based educational organization that helps people
understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. By introducing
TRCA's vision of The Living City(R), GTA residents are now starting to benefit
from a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, which will last for
generations. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

For further information:

For further information: For media information, contact: Brown & Cohen
Communications and Public Affairs Inc., (416) 484-1132, Rowena Calpito at ext
4,, or Wendy Kauffman at ext. 3,

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