CLOCA warning of dangerous creekside conditions in Oshawa and Durham Region

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Published April 3, 2023 at 11:37 am

Rising temperatures and recent rains are making for hazardous creek conditions and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) are warning residents – especially parents of young children – to stay away from stream and creek beds in the region.

With the above zero temperatures any remaining snow is expected to continue to melt and spring conditions have likely created wet and/or partially thawed soil conditions as well, resulting in substantial runoff and higher than normal water levels.

Widespread flooding is not anticipated, the conservation authority stated, but fast flowing water and flooding of low-lying areas and roadways may be expected in flood prone areas.

CLOCA is asking all residents to stay away from all watercourses, shorelines, and structures such as bridges, culverts, and dams. Increased wave activity, elevated water levels, fast flowing water, and slippery conditions along stream banks and Lake Ontario shorelines continue to make these locations extremely dangerous.

The Water Safety Statement will be in effect through the end of day today (April 3) or until further notice.

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