Water safety statement in effect as rainfall expected to continue in the GTA

Apr 13 2020, 7:05 am

The GTA is expected to be hit with around 25 mm of rain on Monday morning, according to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The rain began in the early morning hours and is expected to taper off this afternoon.

As the GTA continues to be hit with the rain, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority has issued a water safety statement, that will be in effect until 1 pm.

The TRCA warns that these rainfall amounts may result in rising water levels in rivers and streams creating hazardous conditions.

“Toronto and Region Conservation Authority advises that Environment Canada is forecasting a weather system that may bring rainfall amounts of approximately 25 mm to the Greater Toronto Area,” they said in a statement.

“The rain, which may be heavy at times, will begin in the early hours of Monday morning and may continue as late as Monday afternoon, although exact timing is uncertain. There is also a potential chance of thunderstorms in which some areas may receive additional rainfall due to these storms.”

At this time, the TRCA warns that “all shorelines, rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered hazardous.”

The Authority said that due to the total precipitation expected for the majority of the GTA, all rivers within the GTA may experience higher flows and water levels, resulting in hazardous conditions.

“Some ponding may occur in low-lying areas. The combination of slippery and unstable banks with rising water levels could create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies,” although they do add that flooding is not expected.

Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 17°C in Toronto this afternoon, with periods of rain ending near noon.

Environment Canada