Watershed Warning in Effect – June 26th 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager of Communications 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

Heavy rain and high winds are expected on Saturday, with a potential for up to 60 mm in some parts of the watershed. Wet soil conditions combined with the anticipated rainfall will result in heavy runoff to local watercourses. Flows in the Grand River and tributaries are already running higher than normal for this time of year and are expected to stay high through the weekend. River flows downstream of large reservoirs (Conestogo, Shand, Guelph and Woolwich Dams) may change rapidly with dam operations over the next few days.

  • Recreational river users such as anglers, canoeists and kayakers should be aware of the higher flows.
  • Some low-lying areas along rivers could be flooded but there is no threat to communities.
  • Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are slippery and when combined with fast-moving water pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from watercourses.

Flows are expected to remain above normal summer levels throughout the weekend and well into next week. GRCA staff will continue to monitor conditions and will update this message as warranted. This message is in effect until Friday, July 3, 2015.

  • For more information on flows, weather and reservoir conditions see the River Data section of the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca
  • For more information on the flood warning system see the Flood Management section of the website.
  • Receive GRCA flood messages by e-mail by signing up for the GRCA News Service. Instructions are available in the Newsroom section.
  • Follow GRCA flood messages on Twitter at grca_flood_msg
  • Download a fact sheet on GRCA flood message terminology Further information - contact: GRCA Duty Officer