Toronto and Region Conservation Authority issues flood outlook

Aug 21 2018, 12:43 pm

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has issued a flood outlook that is in effect until August 22.

According to the TRCA, Environment Canada is forecasting 30 to 50 mm of rain for Toronto and the surrounding area on Tuesday. The rain is expected to begin early Tuesday morning and persist until around midnight.

“The rain is expected to be widespread across our watersheds, with a risk of thunderstorms from late morning to early evening that could lead to higher localized rainfall totals,” says the TRCA.

As such, all rivers within the GTA may experience higher flows and water levels, resulting in potential flooding and hazardous conditions.

“Ponding may occur in low-lying areas. The combination of slippery and unstable banks could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water body. All shorelines, rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous,” it says.

As the storm rolls through, be sure to exercise caution around all bodies of water.

The TRCA is also advising to keep children and pets away from slippery and unstable banks, and from watercourses.