Conservation authority urges residents to exercise caution around bodies of water

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is reminding residents to exercise caution around bodies of water following the weekend storm.

In a watershed conditions statement released Monday (April 16) afternoon, the organization noted that the area has received between 60 to 80 millimetres of mixed precipitation since last Wednesay (April 11).

“Additionally, some watercourses in the watershed continue to contain pieces of ice due to the unseasonably cold temperatures experienced over the past few weeks,” the LSRCA noted.

Precipitation is expected to continue through the evening.

“The 10 to 20 millimetres of rain forecast for today, combined with the melting of accumulated snow and ice over the next several days, will result in higher than normal water levels and flows in our rivers and streams,” the LSRCA noted.

“The combination of slippery and unstable banks, cold water temperature and reports of ice remaining in some watercourses will create hazardous conditions close to any river, stream or other water bodies, especially in the vicinity of bridges and culverts. There remains a potential for flooding in low-lying areas. Children should be warned to stay away from all watercourses.”

The watershed conditions statement runs through Thursday (April 19).