Conservation authorities cancel flood watch

Rainfall on Sunday far below what was expected; 5 to 15mm predicted for Monday

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Local conservation authorities are cancelling a flood watch for Wellington County.

The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) made the call on Monday morning (May 18) after rainfall the previous day turned out to be far below the amount predicted.

“Rainfall totals across the Grand River watershed have been recorded in the range of 10 to 20mm as of Monday morning, with highest totals falling in the southern watershed,” stated a May 18 GRCA press release.

Officials noted while rain would continue Monday, just 5 to 15mm was expected, with sunny and dry conditions forecasted for the rest of the week.

Based on the observed rainfall received and the remaining rainfall in the forecast, flooding is not anticipated,” stated the GRCA release.

The CVC recorded a similar amount of rainfall.

Earlier in the weekend the CVC had predicted 95 to 150mm of rain, while the GRCA had forecast 50 to 100mm.

Regardless of the amount of rainfall, officials are recommending all county residents should heed warnings about waterways.

“All streams, rivers, and shorelines could become dangerous, especially in the vicinity of culverts, bridges and dams,” stated the CVC.

“People should be warned to stay away from all watercourses and shorelines, especially children and pets.”