Conservation Halton is advising residents to exercise caution near the Lake Ontario shoreline. Today, May 8, 2019, Conservation Halton issued a ‘Watershed Conditions Statement – Flood Outlook Lake Ontario Shoreline’ statement.
“The latest information provided by the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) indicates that Lake Ontario levels will continue to rise this coming week given the current flooding conditions within the lower St. Lawrence River combined with additional widespread forecasted rainfall over the affected watershed area,” reads a recent press release.
According to Conservation Halton, the latest daily mean water level (75.52 m) is approximately 50 cm above the historical average. However, it is still below the levels seen in 2017.
Regardless, forecast data suggests that the current level could rise an additional 10 cm during the coming week, with the potential for a greater increase depending on rainfall amounts. Although, it is still not expected that water levels will reach those recorded in 2017 yet.
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With that being said, long-term Lake Ontario levels are expected to stay well above the seasonal average through May and into June.
In addition, Conservation Halton advises that Environment Canada has issued a strong wind warning that remains in effect throughout today.
“Sustained winds of 20 km/hr from the east will build today and into the overnight period across western Lake Ontario,” reads the release. “Resulting wave heights of 1 to 2 m can be expected.”
As a result, Conservation Halton is asking all residents and children to exercise caution around Lake Ontario shoreline areas.
This Flood Outlook – Lake Ontario Shoreline message will remain in effect until May 22nd.
Conservation Halton will provide updates when they become available.