Flood Watch-Watercourse Flooding (Hamilton - HCA)

Flood Watch-Watercourse Flooding
Posted on 01/08/2024
Effective until Friday, January 12, 2024 – The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that water levels and flows in all area watercourses are expected to increase significantly, as a result of the snow and rain forecasted for tomorrow (January 9). Localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels is expected.

Forecasts anticipate the potential for watercourse flooding, as significant amounts of rain runoff may occur given the mostly frozen soil conditions within the watershed. Tomorrow (January 9), the Hamilton area is expected to receive between 25 and 40 mm of precipitation as a mixture of snow and rain, according to recent weather forecasts.

HCA wishes to remind residents to exercise caution near all water bodies and structures such as bridges, culverts and dams during this time. Above normal water levels, faster moving water, rapidly changing levels and flows, unsafe ice, and slippery banks may pose significant hazards. Adults are advised to keep children and pets away from water bodies.

Current water levels and flows in area watercourses are slightly elevated above baseflows, and there are no flooding concerns or public safety concerns at current conditions.

This Flood Watch message is in effect until Friday, January 12, 2024, at which time it will either be updated or cancelled. HCA will issue updates prior to January 12 as warranted.