Storm runoff danger this weekend


Parents, pet owners and farmers are advised to exercise caution around area watercourses this weekend following a day of heavy rain Thursday.

The Long Point Region Conservation Authority says two inches of rain fell on the watershed throughout the day. Especially hard hit were Norwich Township, southern Brant County, northeastern Norfolk and Haldimand County.

It will take a few days for Thursday’s precipitation to work its way through Norfolk to Lake Erie. During this time, streams and rivers will be swollen and fast-moving. Banks – especially in steep areas – will be slippery and potentially treacherous.

“With the pleasant weather expected this weekend, people are warned to stay away from ditches, water bodies, streams and rivers as the combination of slippery banks and cold, fast-flowing water can be dangerous,” Craig Jacques, a water resource specialist with the LPRCA, said Friday in a news release.

“Parents are reminded to keep children, pets and livestock away from all of these areas.”

The LPRCA will monitor the situation through the weekend and provide updates as required.