Grand River Flood Warnings Continue

The Grand River Conservation Authority issued a continued warning last night as the Flood Threat level hovered around 1 for the day and into the evening. The high water levels have been attracting people to the river to capture photos and video like the following:

 

The Stairs to the lower observation area of the Wilkes Dam on the Grand River were flooded up to the top. – Richard Huskisson Jewel 92

 

 

But with the threat of more rainfall the warnings should be concerning for anyone who resides in the flood planes as they could see more risk of flooding in the coming days. There was another warning statement issued Sunday morning that follows;

 

The Grand River Conservation Authority is issuing the following flood warning message update. Flood warnings continue for the central and southern Grand River. Flood watch remains in place for the northern Grand River watershed.

 

Update: Flood Warning

 

City of Cambridge

 

Flows on the Grand River through Cambridge peaked around noon Saturday in the 900 m3/s range. Typical summer flow at this location is 15 m3/s. Flows on Sunday morning remain above 400 m3/s and still present a significant safety risk to the public. Highway 24 and Blair Road have reopened as flows begin to recede.

 

 County of Brant / City of Brantford / Brant Park Conservation Area

 

Flows on the Grand River through Brantford peaked on Saturday evening in the 1075 m3/s. Gilkinson Street remains closed, however it is expected to reopen later Sunday afternoon as flows recede.

 

Brant County and Six Nations flood co-ordinators are asked to maintain closure of Boundary Road between Six Nations and Brant County.

 

Haldimand County / Byng Island Conservation Area / Trailer Parks in Southern Grand River Watershed

 

Flows in the Grand River are peaking through York on Sunday morning in the 1000 m3/s range. Flows will remain high through the week. The public should be cautious around riverbanks as significant debris has been washed downstream during this event.

 

Stay Safe

 

Grand River watershed residents should be aware that flows remain much higher than normal and are not safe for recreational activities. There is a significant amount of debris moving downstream as a result of this event. This debris can pose a risk to recreational users at this time. Municipal staff should inspect municipal bridges, dams, and culverts for debris blockages.

 

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses.

 

This message will remain in effect until noon on Monday, June 26th, 2017. Updated flood messages will be issued as conditions develop.

 

More information can be found on the Grand River Conservation Authority website.

 

Image and Video from Richard Huskisson

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